A mere two days after Judge Cacheris’s application of Citizens United lifting in one case the ban on direct corporate contributions to candidates, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the ban.
Professor Hasen, author and editor at the Election Law Blog, has this take on the outcome. Congratulations to Professor Hasen, counsel for one of the parties in the matter.
Professor Hasen is clamoring for the prosecutors in U.S. v. Danielczyk to appeal. In my opinion an appeal just is not that important, and may be precluded by a plea agreement anyway. Besides, didn’t the prosecutors not mention important case law in their brief causing Judge Cacheris to order additional briefing and an oral hearing?
For the limitations on the jurisdictional scope of U.S. v. Danielczyk see my post here.