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Referendum 71 foes sue to raise donation limits

Approve R-71From The Seattle Times:

Apparently emboldened by recent legal victories — including a case being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court — groups opposed to Washington’s domestic-partnership law and working to defeat Referendum 71 are suing again in federal court, this time to lift the state’s limits on campaign contributions.

With some major funding in the offing, the Family Policy Institute of Washington, through its newly formed Family political-action committee (PAC), filed suit in U.S. District Court in Tacoma late Wednesday.

Family PAC wants a federal judge to declare unconstitutional the state’s public-disclosure laws, which limit to $5,000 contributions from businesses and individuals made within 21 days of the election.

The laws also require campaigns to disclose names and addresses of those who donate more than $25. Those contributing more than $100 must also include their employers’ names and addresses, as well as their occupations. The suit seeks to keep all that information from being disclosed.

The group acknowledges that there are substantial contributions the campaign wants to accept but can’t because of the limits.

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