Citizens Against Rent Control v. City of Berkeley

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Citizens Against Rent Control v. City of Berkeley
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Argued October 14, 1981
Decided December 14, 1981
Full case name Citizens Against Rent Control/Coalition for Fair Housing v. City of Berkeley, California
Citations 454 U.S. 290 (more)
102 S. Ct. 434; 70 L. Ed. 2d 492; 1981 U.S. LEXIS 135
Holding
The Court struck down state limits on contributions to committees that advocated the passage or defeat of ballot issues as a violation of the First Amendment.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Burger, joined by Brennan, Powell, Rehnquist, Stevens
Concurrence Rehnquist
Concurrence Marshall
Concurrence Blackmun, O'Connor
Dissent White
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amend. I

Citizens Against Rent Control v. City of Berkeley, 454 U.S. 290 (1981), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States invalidated a California law that set limits on contributions to ballot issue campaigns. The ruling relies heavily on the Court's earlier decisions in Buckley v. Valeo, holding that limits on contributions to political candidates implicate the First Amendment, and First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, holding that the state governments have no compelling interest in limiting spending on speech about ballot issues. [1]


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