A week and a half ago, Judge Cacheris created quite a stir by holding a 100-year-old ban on corporate contributions unconstitutional. It was later found that government lawyers failed to cite controlling precedent on the matter, FEC v. Beaumont, where the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of banning direct corporate campaign contributions.
Judge Cacheris decided to reexamine his decision, which leads us to the next chapter in this saga. The Judge released a ruling today upholding his original decision, explaining:
…this court will not reinstate the dismissed counts first because Beaumont’s holding applies only to nonprofit advocacy corporations, meaning that it does not “directly control” this case for Agnostini purposes, and the second because Beaumont’s reasoning was supplanted by Citizens United.