ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city of Albuquerque’s ban on campaign contributions from city contractors and business entities now faces a court challenge alleging the rule violates the First Amendment.
Four New Mexicans filed a civil-rights lawsuit in federal court this week, arguing that the ban abridges their right to freedom of speech in political campaigns.
They called the city’s prohibition on certain campaign donations “one of the harshest contribution restrictions still standing after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United,” a case involving government restrictions on political spending.
The city administration said it hadn’t seen the lawsuit and couldn’t immediately comment.
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