Court aids San Diego GOP by blocking enforcement of campaign limits

9th Circuit blocks enforcement of campaign limits
Amanda Bronstad

A federal appeals court has granted the Republican Party of San Diego’s request to block enforcement of a city ordinance restricting campaign contributions by political parties in the June 8 primary elections.

The Republican Party of San Diego, along with several other plaintiffs, brought a lawsuit challenging five provisions of the city of San Diego’s campaign finance ordinance that they claimed violate the First Amendment. The case has attracted amicus briefs from the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which supports the plaintiffs, and Common Cause, which backed the city.

U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez of the Southern District of California granted a preliminary injunction on Feb. 16 blocking the city from enforcing parts of the ordinance, including a prohibition on candidates accepting contributions from political parties. However, the judge stayed the injunction to give the city time to redraft that part of the ordinance.

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