Flint v. Dennison

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In Flint v. Dennison, 488 F.3d 816 (9th Cir. 2007), the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a $100 expenditure limit on candidates running for a position in student government against a challenge that it violated the free speech guarantee of the First Amendment.

Judge Carlos Bea, writing for the unanimous panel, wrote that:

By creating a student election process, the University of Montana has opened a limited public forum dedicated to allow campaigning for and election to leadership positions in student government. The University's purpose in opening such a forum is to provide student candidates and student voters a certain type of educational experience. We hold that imposing an expenditure limitation on student candidates is viewpoint neutral and serves to effectuate the purpose of the ASUM elections. We therefore affirm the district court's summary judgment in favor of defendants.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari.