NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The founder of a super PAC supporting U.S. Sen. David Vitter tells a federal judge that Louisiana's campaign law unconstitutionally limits independent groups' free speech by limiting each donor to $100,000 over a four-year election cycle.
Charles Spies said Wednesday that a long string of federal rulings supports his case. He says the most recent was last week, when a judge struck down New York State's $150,000 cap because the U.S. Supreme Court rejected limits on donations to independent political committees.
State ethics board attorney Andre Gaudin said Spies told the board the PAC was created to support Vitter.
Spies said that's irrelevant because Vitter's campaign does not control spending by The Fund for Louisiana's Future.
U.S. District Judge Marty Feldman says he will try to rule within days.