Unanimous 4th Circuit Upholds Ban on Lobbyist Campaign Contributions; Big Implications for Pending Corporate Contributions Case

Good news in Preston v. Leake from the 4th Circuit, in a case which puts it at odds with the Second Circuit’s Green Party case.  (I discuss the Green Party case and the district court’s decision in Preston in my forthcoming lobbying paper in the Stanford Law Review.)

Assuming this decision stands (that is, is not taken en banc or heard by the Supreme Court now given the Circuit split), it would provide a strong basis for upholding the corporate contribution ban in the Danielczyk case.  (Disclosure: I am one of the lawyers representing the City of San Diego in the Thalheimer case, cited in Preston, considering the constitutionality of the City’s ban on corporate and other non-human entity contributions to candidates.)

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