Lawsuit filed over Kentucky law limiting campaign donations

A lawmaker and two candidates for office have filed a lawsuit in an effort to overturn Kentucky laws limiting campaign donations.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Republican Sen. John Schickel and Libertarian candidates David Watson and Ken Moellman Jr. sued the Legislative Ethics Commission and the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance in federal court in Covington. The suit challenges the $1,000 donation limit to individual candidates per election and the ban on gifts to lawmakers from lobbyists.

The men argue that the laws violate their constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection by limiting their contact with people who want to help them.

State regulators say the laws are needed to protect against bribery. Most were enacted after an FBI investigation in 1992 found that 15 current or former lawmakers had sold votes.

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