United States v. Danielczyk
The case is a criminal matter concerning a number of alleged campaign finance violations, including that the defendants illegally directed corporate contributions to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign. On May 26, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed the count in the indictment concerning illegal corporate contribution on grounds that the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC implicitly undercut the constitutional basis of the federal restriction on corporate contributions, and that the federal restriction was therefore unconstitutional. The district court failed to cite FEC v. Beaumont, the 2003 Supreme Court decision that had upheld the federal restriction.
The court then requested additional briefing on the applicability of Beaumont to the criminal proceedings. On June 7, 2011, the court reaffirmed its May 26 decision to strike down the federal restriction on corporate contributions, but limited the ruling to the case before the court.
On June 16, 2011, the government filed a notice of appeal. On June 17, the district court stayed the proceedings.
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