Dan Proft v. Lisa Madigan

Individuals, corporations, unions and political parties can give unlimited amounts of money to political candidates, but independent expenditure groups cannot, creating an uneven playing field.

In July 2018, the Liberty Justice Center filed a lawsuit challenging Illinois’ restrictive campaign finance laws. Illinois campaign finance laws limit how much money individuals and organizations may contribute to political candidates. But once certain fundraising thresholds are met in a given race, the campaign contribution limits are eliminated for all types of donors in that race – except “independent expenditure committees.” This means that individuals, corporations, unions and political parties can give unlimited amounts of money to candidates and coordinate with those candidates’ campaigns. But groups such as our client, Liberty Principles PAC cannot. Independent expenditure committees are forbidden from giving to candidates or even talking with candidates about their plans. Our lawsuit, Dan Proft, et al. v. Lisa Madigan, et al., challenges these free speech restrictions and seeks to level the playing field for all who wish to engage in the democratic process.

 

Background

About the plaintiff: Liberty Principles PAC is an independent expenditure committee run by radio host, political consultant and political activist Dan Proft. Liberty Principles PAC promotes free-market principles and supports candidates for office who share those principles. It works to oppose candidates who do not share free-market principles.

Our Team

The Liberty Justice Center’s lead attorney in Dan Proft, et al. v. Lisa Madigan, et al. is Patrick Hughes. For more information, or to schedule an interview with Patrick about the case, contact Diana Rickert by phone by calling 773-809-4403 or by sending an email to media@libertyjusticecenter.org.