The Florida Bar Association prohibits candidates in judicial elections from asking anyone to make a campaign contribution. In 2009, Lanell Williams-Yulee sent a mass e-mail, asking for campaign contributions, to thousands of voters in her district. The Bar fined her $1,800 and reprimanded her, and the Florida Supreme Court upheld the Bar’s actions.
She appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on June 17, 2014. On July 24, the U.S. Supreme Court asked the Florida Bar Association to respond. The Bar Association had earlier told the U.S. Supreme Court it didn’t intend to file a response, but now, of course, the Bar will do so. Generally, when the U.S. Supreme Court asks for a response, there is a one-in-three chance that the Court will eventually take the case.