NC Lobbyist Donations Ban Upheld By Federal Court

A federal appeals court has upheld North Carolina's ban on registered lobbyists making campaign contributions to candidates for the Legislature and the Council of State.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Monday in favor of state officials.

The General Assembly approved the 2006 law as part of ethics and lobbying rule changes that followed some corruption scandals in state government.

Lobbyist Sarah Preston with the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued over the ban, saying it violated her freedom of speech and association.

The appeals court in Richmond, Va., upheld a District Court judge's ruling by saying the ban was a "valid exercise of North Carolina's legislative prerogative" to address potential corruption and the appearance of corruption.

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