Will someone please visit Public Integrity to determine what alien life forms are drafting its briefs?
I am personally gobsmacked at what I have seem out of the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity section this last two weeks. For starters, apparently their lawyers could write an entire brief on the law relating to corporate contributions to candidates and NOT CITE LEADING AUTHORITY ON THEIR SIDE. This litigation, US v. Danielczyk, involved businessmen who reimbursed employees with corporate funds for making contributions – which is a big no-no. The corporate contributions aspect of the charges is but a fraction of the total case, so the prosecution would proceed even with the judge’s holding – that corporate contributions are protected under Citizens United – left undisturbed.
For casual readers of campaign finance lore, you should know that the Supreme Court heard and rejected a challenge to the corporate contribution ban brought by an ideological non-profit corporation, in a case called FEC v. Beaumont. That is, the most sympathetic corporation imaginable asked the Court to find the contribution ban unconstitutional. The Court said no.