Hood could appeal judge’s ruling that part of Miss. campaign finance law is unconstitutional

Attorney General Jim Hood says he might appeal a federal judge’s ruling that part of Mississippi’s campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative.

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock ruled Monday that the state may require some level of campaign finance reporting by people or groups that attempt to influence elections on proposed constitutional amendments that appear on the statewide ballot.

However, she wrote that “under the current regulatory scheme, which is convoluted and exacting, the requirements are too burdensome for the State’s $200 threshold.”

Aycock’s ruling does not change the part of the campaign finance law that requires candidates for statewide office or legislative seats to file reports disclosing the name, address and occupation of anyone donating at least $200 to their campaigns.