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Ferlic v. Danberg

The Brennan Center intervened on behalf of two Nebraska office holders in defense of the state's Campaign Finance Limitation Act.

Published: January 31, 2002

Ferlic v. Danberg
Campaign Finance Reform

The Brennan Center intervened on behalf of two Nebraska office holders in defense of the state’s Campaign Finance Limitation Act. The Act offers a unique public financing system by authorizing candidates in certain political campaigns partial public financing if they agree to follow voluntary spending limits and other specified requirements.

Plaintiff Randolph M. Ferlic, a successful candidate for the Board of Regeents who chose not to accept the voluntary spending limits, sought a judgment declaring that the public funding system established by the Act violated free speech and equal protection guarantees under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

In a victory for the office holders represented by the Center, the plaintiffs ended up abandoning the case, which was dismissed without prejudice in 2002.