TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A libertarian legal organization plans to appeal a ruling that let stand many state regulations on groups of individuals who campaign for or against ballot initiatives.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle rejected a challenge to Florida campaign finance laws that require grassroots groups to comply with a host of regulations. He also upheld a requirement that political committees include a lengthy disclaimer in their political advertisements.
Under Florida law, whenever two or more people get together and spend as little as $500 to support or oppose a ballot issue, they are required to register with the state as a "political committee" and comply with numerous regulations.
Shira Rawlinson, spokeswoman for the Arlington, Va.-based Institute for Justice, said Thursday they will appeal the decision that was issued late Tuesday.