Supreme Court of Texas, in Tea Party Group Case, Upholds Ban on Corporate Campaign Contributions, But Tees Up Issue for SCOTUS

The Supreme Court of Texas has issued this opinion in King Street Patriots v. Texas Democratic Party.

But a concurring opinion tees up the issue for U.S. Supreme Court review should it choose to review it:

In sum, I concur in the Court’s judgment because I agree with the Court’s application of a case we unfortunately must follow. That said, Beaumont is incorrect and cannot be reconciled with Citizens United, McCutcheon, or, most importantly, the First Amendment. Nor can Texas’s blanket ban on corporate contributions.

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down multiple chances to overturn Beaumont and allow direct corporate contributions to candidates.

We’ll see if the Gorsuch Court is different. It well might be.


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