The attorney general acting on the behalf of the FEC has named some of the defendants in the Super PAC.
Defendants are charged under the premise that making a campaign contribution with a prior understanding that it will be utilized to support a specific candidate or party constitutes an individual contribution and subject to limit.
Defendants have till August 21, 2012 to hire class counsel to make their defense.
A second premise of the suit is that the US divided into separate judicial circuits. Only one circuit, the District of Columbia, ruled on EMILY's List and SpeechNOW. In DC the Court ruled regarding independent groups. The suit was filed in the Ninth Circuit that may not concur with the DC Circuit. Under common law, if a reasonable person would determine a contribution was earmarked in a certain manner, then it is legally as if given directly. This was the conclusion of the First Circuit on January 31, 2012.
This case will most likely be appealed to U.S. Supreme Court since different Circuits in the U.S. are at odds as to what constitutes an individual Federal campaign contribution.
More details at: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/0...PAC-defendants
All citizens are reminded that there are individual contribution limits that can be found at: http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%...vShXKkwCF8ci3g
Philip B. Maise
Plaintiff and citizen attorney general of the United States acting on the behalf of the U.S. Federal Election Commission