Contractors Challenge Prohibition Against Campaign ontributions

October 20, 2011

The federal law that prohibits individuals awarded government contracts from contributing to a federal election is unconstitutional, three contractors say in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Federal Election Commission.

Under the law, a person with a government contract cannot contribute to a candidate for federal office or to any political party or committee that is involved in federal elections.

The suit was filed by Jan Miller and Lawrence Brown, consultants for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and University of Texas law professor Wendy Wagner, who is doing research for the Administrative Conference of the United States.

In their complaint, the contractors say the law violates the Constitution's equal protection clause and the First Amendment. 

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