Lawsuit Challenging Alaska Political Donation Limits Fails

A lawsuit organized by former Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich to challenge campaign donation limits in political campaigns governed by the State of Alaska has failed.

In November of 2015 the Alaska Dispatch News described the suit this way:

“The suit, filed by an Anchorage Republican district and three supporters of Republican candidates, challenges the state’s $500 annual cap on individuals’ donations to candidates, as well as three other contribution limits.”

“If the lawsuit prevails, it could reshape the political landscape for next year’s state legislative elections by allowing donors to spend more money on their favored candidates. A trial is tentatively scheduled for late April before U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess.”

Late today Judge Timothy Burgess issued a 26-page ruling, stating:


As a result, all state-level campaign donation limits and provisions will stay in effect.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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Casey Reynolds
Reynolds served as communications director for the Alaska Republican Party from 2008-2011. He left the Party in 2011 to host his own popular morning radio political talk show on AM750 / FM103.7 KFQD. Reynolds now runs The Midnight Sun (, crowned by the Anchorage Press as “Alaska’s best political blog.”