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1A Auto v. Sullivan (Political Contribution Ban)

February 18, 2015

Last Step

Filed notice of appeal.

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File opening brief.

The laws of six states prohibit businesses—but not unions or other groups—from contributing to political parties, committees, or candidates. This uneven playing field violates state and federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection, free speech, and free association. The Goldwater Institute is challenging Massachusetts’ and Kentucky’s contribution bans in order to vindicate the constitutional rights of businesses to participate on equal footing with unions and other groups in the political process. Victory in this case will advance equal treatment on the political playing field and strengthen the rights of all Americans to participate fully in the political process.

Case Documents

Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief (2/24/2015)Motion for Preliminary Injunction (4/16/2015)Memorandum in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction (4/16/2015)Motion for Summary Judgment (9/22/2016)Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment (9/22/2016)Response in Opposition to Defendant’s Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment (11/17/2016)


Case Logistics


1A Auto, Inc., a family-owned auto parts retailer in Westford, Mass. It started selling auto parts in 1999 and employs 217 people.

126 Self Storage, Inc., a small self-storage facility in Ashland, Mass. In business since 1999, it employs four people.



Michael Sullivan, Director, Office of Campaign and Political Finance



Massachusetts Superior Court



Not assigned.


Relief sought

The businesses are asking the Massachusetts courts to declare the uneven contribution ban unconstitutional and enjoin its enforcement.


Date filed

February 24, 2015



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