On November 8, William P. Danielczyk asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that he should not be convicted of the crime of arranging for his corporation to make a campaign donation to a candidate for federal office. The U.S. District Court in his case had ruled that the federal law banning corporations from making contributions to federal candidates is unconstitutional. The 4th circuit had reversed the U.S. District Court, and upheld the law banning corporation contributions to federal candidates.
Danielczyk argues that the distinction between corporations making independent expenditures, versus making direct contributions, is not meaningful. The case is Danielczyk v U.S., 12-579. The federal government’s response brief is due December 10. Afterwards, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether it wants to hear this case. Thanks to Rick Hasen for this news.