Campaign Finance

Court Finds Doctor Donation Ban Unconstitutional

Federal appeals court has found that an Ohio law that sought to limit the campaign contributions of Doctors who treat Medicaid patients is unconstitutional.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A state law restricting campaign contributions by physicians who treat Medicaid patients is an unconstitutional ban on free speech, a federal appeals court has ruled.

A provision in the 1978 state law bars the doctors from contributing to candidates for state attorney general or county prosecutor, the officials who prosecute Medicaid fraud.