Illinois’ campaign finance system is under fire again. A political action committee, represented by a litigation arm of the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute, are suing to overturn the law, saying contribution limits unfairly exempt political parties and their leaders.
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“Personal PAC and Terry Cosgrove filed suit against … the earlier iteration of the law back before the primary election. And because of the nature of the argument they made, and the infirmity of the law that they pointed to, resulted in the General Assembly taking some amendatory action this session,” says Liberty PAC chairman Dan Proft. “But it still doesn’t go far enough. You still have an apartheid system when it comes to political participation.”
The Liberty Justice Center’s president, Patrick Hughes, says the law amounts to suppression of free speech for most Illinoisans. The lawsuit, against the Illinois State Board of Elections and the attorney general, was filed in federal court in Chicago.