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The decision "corrected one of the most incomprehensible district court decisions in recent memory," Legal Center Associate Legal Counsel Paul S. Ryan said in a statement. "The district court decision overturned today was at odds with decades of settled law and made a mockery of campaign contribution limits." Federal law says that "[n]o person shall make a contribution in the name of another person." For decades, the Federal Election Commission has correctly understood and enforced this provision as prohibiting "straw donor" schemes of the type alleged in O'Donnell's ...
The legal future isn’t promising for certain provisions in state laws to help publicly financed candidates get a more equal footing with wealthy self-financed candidates who outspend them. That’s one thrust of a New York Times editorial about an appeals court ruling this week that struck down such “trigger provisions” in Connecticut’s public financing law for campaigns (see Gavel Grab ). The editorial was headlined, “Send in the Tycoons.” “On Tuesday,” the editorial said, “a federal appeals court made it even easier for wealthy ... Read More
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