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Nixon v. Shrink Missouri Government PAC

Close Date: 01/24/2000
Topic(s): Election Laws
Status: closed
Citation: 161 F.3d 519 (2000)
Date Of Involvement: 04/01/1999
Docket: 98-963

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In this campaign finance reform case, the Eighth Circuit had held that Buckley required the court to subject a State limit on campaign contributions to strict scrutiny. The Eighth Circuit held that the State had failed to provide sufficient evidence showing that its cap was narrowly tailored to its interest in preventing corruption.

Buckley permits reasonable limitations on campaign contributions and that a court must not substitute its judgment for that of the legislature in determining where to set a cap on contributions. The Supreme Court held in favor of the petitioner, reasoning that Buckley permits such limitations and that they need not be tied to the precise monetary caps at issue in Buckley.