Cert Petition Filed in Danielczyk Case, Challenging Corporate Contribution Ban to Federal Candidates

Bloomberg BNA: “The Supreme Court is being asked in a newly filed petition to overturn the century-old ban on corporate campaign contributions to federal candidates. The request for Supreme Court review came Nov. 8 in a long-running case involving Virginia businessman William Danielczyk, who faces criminal charges of violating campaign finance laws by funneling corporate contributions to the 2008 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton (Danielczyk v. U.S., U.S. 12-579, cert. petition filed 11/8/12). In a 35-page petition for certiorari, lawyers for Danielczyk and his business partner, Eugene Biagi, asked the court to re-examine the fundamental distinction between campaign contributions and independent campaign expenditures, which has been a hallmark of campaign finance law since the Supreme Court’s 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo.”

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