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Feds appeal judge’s ruling on campaign finance law

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Federal prosecutors are appealing a Virginia judge’s ruling that the law banning corporate contributions to federal candidates is unconstitutional.

Prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday filed an appeal in the case against two northern Virginia residents accused of illegally funneling contributions to Hillary Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns.

Last month U.S. District Judge James Cacheris tossed out part of the indictment against defendants William Danielczyk and Eugene Biagi. Cacheris said that corporations enjoy the same right to make contributions as individuals under last year’s landmark Citizens United ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. Cacheris reaffirmed his ruling earlier this month though he emphasized that the law was only unconstitutional as applied in this case.

Prosecutors have said Cacheris’ ruling overturns a century’s worth of campaign-finance law.