BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Board of Ethics has refused to scrap the state’s donor limits to political action committees. The board's Friday decision was a blow to U.S. Sen. David Vitter, as a super PAC set up to support him (in his likely bid for governor) had asked that the donation limit be deemed unconstitutional.
The state currently caps the contributions at $100,000 for each election cycle. Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited funds to help candidates at the federal level.
|U.S. Sen. David Vitter|
Charlie Spies is the lawyer for the super PAC, called the Fund for Louisiana’s Future. Spies says the Louisiana limit doesn’t comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and he says the ethics board shouldn’t be enforcing the cap.
But members of the ethics board say they don’t have the jurisdiction to declare a state law unenforceable or unconstitutional.
Spies says he expects someone to challenge the state donor limit in federal court.