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Supreme Court: Non-profits Can't Donate to Campaigns

Monday, 16 June 2003 12:00 AM

Justice David Souter said for the majority that such direct contributions had been banned since 1907, and current law was constitutionally designed to "prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption."

Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by fellow conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, dissented.

"I continue to believe that campaign finance laws are subject to strict scrutiny," he said. In other words, such laws must overcome high hurdles set by the First Amendment's guarantees of freedom of speech.

The ruling reverses a lower court's decision in favor of North Carolina Right to Life Inc.

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