Minnesota Judicial Candidate Sues Over 20 Person Solicitation Rule

Today, the James Madison Center issues a press release indicating:

Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Gregory Wersal, who previously won a case in the Supreme Court challenging Minnesota’s restrictions on speech during judicial elections, was back in federal court today challenging a Minnesota rule limiting the ability of judicial candidates to personally solicit campaign funds. In 2004, Minnesota’s judicial canon prohibiting all personal solicitations by a judge or judicial candidate was struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals as violating the First Amendment. Minnesota responded by passing a new rule allowing candidates to personally solicit money – but only to groups of 20 or more. Wersal’s suit claims that this new provision limits his ability to raise needed campaign funds, and is unconstitutional for the same reasons as the previous provision . . .

The case is Wersal v. Sexton, et al., 08-CV-615, and was assigned to District Court Judge David Doty. The complaint and memorandum supporting the motion for preliminary injunction are available in PDF format online at the James Madison Center’s website, www.jamesmadisoncenter.org, under the “Judicial Accountability Project” link.

The full text of the press release should also be available online soon here.