Until it was declared unconstitutional by the Washington Supreme Court in Bare v. Gorton, Section 14 of Initiative 276 further regulated the political process by setting campaign expenditure limits for candidates and for organizations supporting or opposing candidates or ballot propositions." This note will focus upon the vagueness and first amendment problems raised by campaign expenditure limitations generally and the bases upon which these limitations may be constitutionally justified. The discussion will be directed primarily at Initiative 276 and the prospects for future expenditure limitation legislation in Washington; criteria for drafting a new expenditure limitation law will be suggested.
Election Law—Initiative 276—The Constitutionality and Feasibility of Political Campaign Expenditure Limitations in Washington—Bare v. Gorton, 84 Wn. 2d 380, 526 P.2d 379 (1974),
50 Wash. L. Rev.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/wlr/vol50/iss3/13