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Citizens Against Rent Control v. Berkeley (docket #: 80-737) (1981)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 10/14/1981
Decided 12/14/1981
Supreme Court Vote 4-4-1
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim upheld
 
IssueWhether a $250 limit on contributions to committees in support of or opposition to ballot initiatives in California violated First Amendment guarantees of association and free speech.
Majority Opinion Burger, C.J.
Concurring Opinion Rehnquist, J., Marshall, J., & Blackmun, J. (together with O'Connor, J.)
Dissenting Opinion White, J.
Lower Court California Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
Lawyers
For Petitioner
James R. Parrinello

For Respondent
Natalie E. West

Briefs
For Amicus
George Agnost and Burk E. Delventhal for the City and County of San Francisco

Malcolm H. Furbush, Joseph I. Kelly, and Robert L. Harris for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (for petitioner)

Malcolm H. Furbush, Joseph I. Kelly, and Robert L. Harris for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (for petitioner)

Robert M. Myers for the City of Santa Monica (for respondent)

William W. Becker for the New England Legal Foundation

Ruling - Lower Court
27 Cal. 3d 819
News
Hager, Philip, "Cities' Limits on Ballot Issue Gifts Upheld by Court," The Los Angeles Times, Aug. 8, 1980, Sect. B, p. 3
Mann, Jim, "Court to Review Political Action Group Spending Limits," The Los Angeles Times, Feb. 24, 1981, Sect. B, p. 8
Mann, Jim, "Justices Strike Down Limit on Donations to Local Ballot Drives," The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 15, 1981, Sect. B, p. 3
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