June 10, 2011
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ABC San Diego PAC Praises District Court Ruling on Campaign Limits
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules In Favor of Political Free Speech Rights in City of San Diego
(Poway, CA) - Advocates for political free speech rights in the City of San Diego including the Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego Political Action Committee (ABC PAC) won a legal victory today from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case Thalheimer v. City of San Diego.
The Ninth Circuit Court affirmed a District Court ruling that it is unconstitutional to ban corporate contributions to political action committees (PACs) such as ABC PAC making independent expenditures in City of San Diego elections.
Joining ABC PAC and Thalheimer as plaintiffs in this case are the Republican Party of San Diego County, the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, and San Diego voter John Nienstedt.
”This is a big victory, but the case is far from over,” said Dru Wells, Chairman of the ABC San Diego Political Action Committee. “This will help us elect candidates who support the merit shop philosophy of fair and open competition. It is the key to fueling job creation and getting our economy back on track,” added Wells.
This ruling means political action committees are permitted to raise unlimited funds for independent expenditures in City of San Diego elections from both individuals and businesses or organizations.
About ABC San Diego
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. The San Diego Chapter of ABC represents construction and construction-related firms throughout San Diego County. To find out more about ABCSD, visit www.abcsd.org.