Appeals court lifts individual contribution limit for pro-Lhota PAC

lhota pac election de blasio
A conservative political action committee can accept unlimited contributions to support Republican nominee Joe Lhota in the mayor’s race, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images.

A conservative political action committee can accept unlimited contributions to support Republican nominee Joe Lhota in the mayor’s race, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The Second Circuit ruled that the New york Progress and Protection PAC can accept more than the $150,000 individual contribution limit imposed by state election law.

The independent PAC argued it had at least one donor, a businessman from Alabama, willing to give $200,000 to support Lhota.

Earlier this month District Judge Paul Crotty denied the PAC’s bid, saying that allowing such large contribution would be disruptive just weeks before the election.

But, with less than two weeks to go, the circuit court reversed the decision and issued a preliminary injection putting the law on hold.

“The Supreme Court held in Citizens United v. FEC that the government has no anti-corruption interest in limiting independent expenditures,” Judge Dennis Jacobs wrote in the unanimous decision for the appeals court. “It follows that a donor to an independent expenditure committee such as NYPPP is even further removed from political candidates and may not be limited in his ability to contribute to such committees.”

Jacobs added, “All federal circuit courts that have addressed this issue have so held.”

Lhota would not comment on the decision at an unrelated campaign stop in Brooklyn Thursday morning.

But a campaign spokeswoman for Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio said the decision will “empower right-wing billionaires,” allowing groups to “drown out the voices of New Yorkers.”

“The stakes are too high to let the same Republican extremists who shut down the government hijack the mayoral election,” the spokeswoman said.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

National

Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…

Comments

1

  1. The developers will have a field day, for sure.

    As they fill Lhota’s coffers to the brim, and more.

    Building obscene playgrounds for the rich

    that scar the sky.

    While the hungry and hopeless struggle and die.

    Disposable wealth , disposable poor.

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

    But …. we don’t need you anymore.