Ban on officers' political donations upheld

Posted: February 22, 2013

A federal judge rejected a bid Thursday by Philadelphia's police union to reverse a ban on political contributions by officers.

Juan R. Sanchez ruled that the ban does not violate police officers' free-speech or equal-protection rights, as Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police contended. The prohibition dates to the establishment of the City Charter in 1951. The union filed suit in May 2011, and lawyers for both sides made their cases before Sanchez last July.

The union wanted the ban overturned so that officers could contribute to the FOP's political action committee via payroll deduction.

Lodge 5 president John McNesby said the union would appeal. - Inquirer staff

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