Trump could show hand on Louisiana fundraising case

by Jeremy Alford, LaPolitics

President Donald Trump’s administration could potentially offer a filing in an appeal the Louisiana Republican Party is pushing before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The case challenges the federal ban on unlimited donations to political parties.

Trump’s Justice Department has until March 13 to file its response to a ruling last year from a three-judge D.C. District Court that upheld the limits enforced by the Federal Election Commission.

That response could be an indication of whether the Trump administration wants to challenge or protect the campaign finance law.

It could also place the Louisiana GOP at the epicenter of what could become another national debate over political donations.

The state Republican Party argues that donations to its coffers are equivalent to free speech, which is an argument the Supreme Court warmed to in 2010 when it paved the way for super PACs, or political action committees, to raise unlimited dollars to support or oppose candidates.