Federal Judge in VA Affirms Corporate Contributions Ruling

A federal judge has reaffirmed his earlier ruling that a ban on corporate contributions to federal candidates is unconstitutional.

Last month, U.S. District Judge James Cacheris tossed out part of the indictment against two men accused of using a corporation they controlled to illegally funnel contributions to Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.

Cacheris reasoned that last year's Citizens united case at the U.S. Supreme Court gave corporations the same right to donate as individuals.

His ruling came under criticism from advocates of campaign-finance reform and last week he asked both sides for additional briefs.

On Tuesday Cacheris reaffirmed his ruling but clarified that the law is unconstitutional only as applied in this case.

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