VA Judge Possibly Reconsidering Candidate Contributions Ruling

A judge who last week ruled that the law banning corporations from contributing to federal political candidates is unconstitutional may be reconsidering his decision.

U.S. District Judge James Cacheris tossed out part of the indictment against two businessmen who were accused of illegally reimbursing straw donors to Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. Critics accused Cacheris of overestimating the impact of last year's Citizens United case, a landmark campaign-finance ruling from the Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, the judge ordered prosecutors and defense lawyers to submit additional briefs on whether he should reconsider his ruling. A hearing is scheduled for Friday.

In his opinion, Cacheris said that under the Citizens United case, corporations enjoy the same rights as citizens to donate to a campaign.

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