Washington Post: Appeals court upholds campaign finance ban on foreign donations

-By Del Quentin Wilber

August 8, 2011- A three-judge federal panel on Monday upheld a ban on campaign donations by foreigners.

The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by two Canadians challenging the legality of U.S. laws that block the financial influence of foreigners in elections.

The Canadians — one has dual Israeli citizenship — have visas to legally live and work in the United States, and they sued the Federal Election Commission to allow them to donate to political candidates and committees.

In a unanimous opinion issued in the District’s federal court, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote that it wasn’t even a close call for Congress to ban such contributions.

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