Appeals court upholds split ruling in Austin campaign finance case


Former City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s mixed victory in his fight against Austin campaign finance rules will stand, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s ruling from 2016 that struck down two provisions of Austin’s campaign finance rules and left two others in place. Most notably, the decision held that Austin could not justify a blackout period that prohibited candidates from fundraising until a certain period of time before an election.

Previously, Austin’s rules disallowed any fundraising earlier than six months before an election day. After the lower court overturned that in July 2016, City Council members passed a new ordinance allowing fundraising only within one year before an election.

Read the full story on mystatesman.com to learn more about the appellate court’s ruling and whether the new fundraising window could be vulnerable to a legal challenge.



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