Katz Takes On $100 Limit
Katz himself has money and a high profile as owner of his eponymous Sixth Street deli, which is now liberally bedecked with campaign swag, so the $100 limit is not such a big issue for him. But "a system that denies any candidate the ability to raise the funds necessary to communicate their ideas ... cheats our citizens," he says. Katz has hired attorney Mike McKetta, who led the successful effort to throw out the 1997 measure's restrictions on bond and issue campaigns, to finish the job this time.
Although Katz says his suit is an attempt to secure his First Amendment rights, he acknowledges the "importance" of the fact that citizens have voted for the $100 limit not once but twice. So does Will Wynn, who led the effort to put repealing the limit on the 2002 ballot. "I do believe that Austin's contribution rules restrict our democratic process, but they are themselves a result of our democratic process," he noted in a statement after Katz's announcement. "When the voters speak, I listen to what they say. As long as these are the rules, I'll play by them."