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Thompson v. Hebdon (Amicus Brief)

The Brennan Center filed an amicus brief in Thompson v. Hebdon, a challenge to Alaska’s system of campaign contribution limits.

Published: July 25, 2017

This case was previ­ously Thompson v. Dauph­inais.


This is a chal­lenge to Alaska’s system of campaign contri­bu­tion limits currently before the Ninth Circuit. Plaintiffs-Appel­lants have argued that the state had insuf­fi­cient evid­ence of quid pro quo corrup­tion to justify limit­ing contri­bu­tions to candid­ates and parties, rely­ing largely on the trial court opin­ion in Lair v. Motl, another Ninth Circuit case currently on appeal.

The Bren­nan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and pro bono coun­sel from the law firm Reed Smith LLP filed an amicus brief in Thompson v. Hebdon, defend­ing the consti­tu­tion­al­ity of a ballot meas­ure in Alaska that, among other things, enacted a $500 limit on contri­bu­tions to candid­ates for state office. The case is before a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals follow­ing a lower court’s decision affirm­ing the limit’s consti­tu­tion­al­ity.

Thompson v. Dauph­inais (Alaska District Court)

Thompson v. Hebdon (Ninth Circuit)