Law Faculty Articles and Research

You Can't Put Dollar Limits on Free Speech

John C. Eastman, Chapman University

This article was originally published in The Los Angeles Times on October 29, 2000.


In San Francisco's November 1999 mayoral election, a group of Mayor Willie Brown supporters calling themselves San Franciscans for Sensible Government was able to make independent expenditures supporting the reelection of Brown after a federal court barred the city from enforcing provisions of its campaign finance ordinance.