Federal judge hearing challenge to Florida campaign law

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge is hearing arguments in a challenge to a Florida campaign law regulating political committees and similar groups.

The hearing is set for Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee.

The law is being challenged by three Sarasota residents backed by the libertarian Institute for Justice.

It requires political committees or groups to disclose who made contributions to them, how much and what the money was spent on.

The challenge is based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that lifted a federal ban on political spending by corporations and labor unions.

Hinkle refused to temporarily block the law's enforcement before last year's election.

In that ruling, he said the plaintiffs are unlikely to prevail because the Supreme Court ruling did not apply to political committees.

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