Gov't Contractors Challenge Campaign Donation Law

Law360, New York (October 19, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT) -- Three government contractors sued the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, challenging the constitutionality of a 1972 law prohibiting contractors from making political contributions for federal elections.

The Federal Election Campaign Act makes it a felony for an individual with a government contract to give money to any candidate, political committee or political party in connection with an election for federal office.

But according to a complaint filed in Washington federal court, the law violates the Fifth Amendment and First Amendment by treating individual contractors differently from...
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