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Randall v. Sorrell (docket #: 04-1528) (2006)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Randall v. Sorrell  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 02/28/2005
Decided 6/26/2006
Supreme Court Vote 6-3
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained
 
Issue(1) Whether Vermont's mandatory limits on candidate expenditures violate the 1st and 14th Amendments and the Supreme Court's decision in Buckley v. Valeo? (2) Whether Vermont's treatment of independent expenditures by political parties and committees presumptively coordinated if they benefit fewer than six candidates, and thereby subject to strict contribution and expenditure limits, is consistent with the 1st and 14th Amendments and the Supreme Court's decision in Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee v. FEC? (3) Whether Vermont's contribution limits, which are the lowest in the country, which allow only a single maximum contribution over a two-year election cycle, and which prohibit state political parties from contributing more than $400 to their gubernatorial candidate, fall below an acceptable constitutional threshold and should be struck down?
 
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Breyer, J. (joined by C.J. Roberts & Alito, J. in Parts I, II-B-3, III, & IV)
Concurring Opinion Kennedy, J. (concurring in judgment), & Thomas, J. (concurring in judgment, joined by Scalia, J.), Alito, J. (concurring in part & concurring in the judgment)
Dissenting Opinion Souter, J. (joined by Ginsberg, J.) (joined by Stevens, J., as to Parts II & III)
Certiorari Granted 09/27/2005
Lower Court 2nd Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
Oral Arguments transcript
Audio recording (Oyez)  [Oyez]
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Mitchell L. Pearl (Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP, Middleburry, VT)

For Respondent
James Bopp Jr. (Horatio R. Storer Foundation ) (for Vt. Republican State Committee)

Timothy B. Tomasi (Office of Vermont Attorney General) (for Sorrell et al)

Briefs
For Amicus
Brennan Center for Justice

Various documents, compiled by James Madison Center

Tony Mauro Analysis
"High court leans toward rejecting Vt. campaign-finance law" (3/1/06)

Court to revisit campaign-finance debate (9-28-05)

Opinion - Lower Court
Landell v. Sorrell (2nd Cir., 2002)

Landell v. Sorrell (Dist. Ct., VT, 2000)

News
AP, "High court rejects Vt. campaign-finance limits" (06/26/06)

AP, "High court to examine Vermont campaign-finance law" (9-27-05)

AP, "High court to hear arguments this week on campaign finance" (2/27/06)

AP, "Supreme Court wrestles with Vt. limits on campaign spending" (2/28/06)

Other
Brennan Center for Justice News Release

Maria Hegstad, Medill News Service (analysis)

Medill (NW Univ.) (resources)

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