Three Unnamed Petitioners v. Peterson: Supreme Court of Wisconsin Amici Brief of CLC et al. Urging Court to Find Constitutional Wisconsin’s Restrictions on the Coordination of Expenditures Between Candidates and Outside Groups

Court Level
State Supreme Court

Under Wisconsin law, money spent in coordination with a candidate for the purpose of influencing an election is deemed a contribution subject to limits and source restrictions, as well as disclosure obligations. The goal of this law-and many similar laws at the federal and state levels-is to block attempts by big donors to purchase influence over candidates "through prearranged or coordinated expenditures amounting to disguised contributions," and thereby to prevent political corruption and the appearance of corruption.