U.S. Court Upholds Federal Contractor Campaign Finance Ban

A federal appeals court on Tuesday reaffirmed a long-standing ban on U.S. government contractors making campaign contributions in federal elections. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against individual contractors who said the ban violated their constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection under the law. Writing on behalf of an 11-judge panel, Chief Judge Merrick Garland said the original bar remains as relevant today as it did when it was enacted 1940. The case did not touch upon the campaign contributions ban on corporations that have contracts with the federal government.