A federal appeals court has upheld a Florida judge's decision that let stand state regulations on groups of individuals who campaign for or against ballot initiatives.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed campaign finance laws that require grassroots groups to comply with a host of regulations. The ruling also lets stand a requirement that political committees include a lengthy disclaimer in their political advertisements.
Whenever two or more people get together and spend as little as $500 to influence a ballot issue, they are required to register with the state as a political committee and comply with numerous regulations.
The law was originally challenged by three Sarasota residents who wanted to pool their money to make radio ads in 2010 without meeting those requirements.