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Judge says political donation checkoff ban is not fair

The Michigan state capitol building
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Michigan Capitol Building, Lansing, Michigan

A federal judge says a Michigan law that takes aim at political fundraising by unions violates the constitution.

The law says unions cannot use payroll deductions to collect donations to a union political action committee. The law still allows businesses to use payroll deductions for donations to corporate political committees.


Andrew Nickelhoff is a union attorney. He says that goes against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

“If the Legislature doesn’t allow unions to have the same treatment, and then ends up weakening the voice of unions and strengthening the voice of corporations, that’s just the kind of thing Citizens United said the government shouldn’t be doing,” Nickeloff said. 

The state could appeal the judge’s order.


The law was adopted last year by party-line votes in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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