Yes, yes, and hell yes!
Courtesy of KTUU:
An Anchorage judge has ruled that contribution limits should be enforced to independent expenditure groups, the Alaska equivalent of super PACs.
The case was brought forward by Equal Citizens, a nonprofit based out of Washington D.C., on behalf of three Alaskans. The nonprofit aims to end the influence of super PACs in politics and hopes the case will make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In Alaska, independent expenditure groups function like super PACs do across the country: as groups that advocate and raise money for a candidate while remaining unaffiliated with the candidate.
On Oct. 28, Anchorage Superior Court Judge William F. Morse sided with Equal Citizens, ruling that an annual per-person $500 contribution limit to independent expenditure groups that exists under Alaska statute should be reinstated.
Strict campaign finance laws were passed by the Alaska Legislature in 1996 and supported by 73% of Alaska voters in a 2006 ballot measure.
The Alaska Public Offices Commission, the body that administers financial disclosure laws for campaigns and candidates, issued an advisory opinion in 2012 that said the $500 contribution limit was likely unconstitutional.
For the next seven years, hundreds of thousands of dollars have flowed into political campaigns in Alaska on both sides of the aisle.
The basis of that APOC decision was the landmark 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling made on First Amendment grounds that lifted restrictions on groups making donations to super PACs.
There is not often a lot of good news coming out of my state so I am going to gush all over this.
Ever since Citizens United we have seen millions of dollars flowing into both federal and state elections that competely skew the outcome and seriously hamper the campaigns of good politicians who simply cannot compete with those monstrous sums of money.
I frimly believe that if we had still had these caps in place that Dan Sullivan would not have won his Senate bid in 2014.
He was bought and paid for by the Koch brothers and is simply a toady for the Republican party and does nothing of importance for the people of this state.
I am hoping that this decision will stand and that we can return to a level of relative sanity in Alaska elections.