Judge Blocks Part of Campaign Finance Law

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he might appeal a federal judge's ruling that part of the state's campaign finance law is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock ruled that Mississippi has a "convoluted" law that requires finance reports to be filed when a person or group spends at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative.

Aycock says the $200 threshold is too low for the "substantial burdens" it puts on people.

Five Oxford residents filed the lawsuit challenging the law in 2011. They were supporting an initiative that voters approved that year, limiting governments' use of eminent domain to take private land.

Hood said Tuesday an appeal could be difficult because federal courts haven't been kind to states' defense of their own campaign finance laws.

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