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Twin Cities Area New Party v. Lou McKenna

Topic(s): Campaign Finance
Citation: 73 F3d 196 (8-96)
Date Of Involvement: 06/01/1995
Docket: 94-3417


Public Citizen unsuccessfully urged the federal courts to strike down state laws that inhibit the growth of third-parties by prohibiting multiple party, or "fusion," candidacies for elected office. These laws preclude an individual from appearing on the ballot as the candidate of more than one party. Fusion statutes were upheld by the United States Supreme Court in Twin Cities Area New Party v. Timmons, 520 U.S. 351 (1997)