Plaintiffs attorney Pierce O’Donnell has filed an appellate petition disputing claims that dismissal of the government’s campaign contributions violations case against him would create a “loophole” in federal elections law that would render contribution limits “meaningless.”

The Federal Election Commission and two good-government nonprofit organizations filed amicus briefs in September before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that the recent dismissal of two of the three counts against O’Donnell created a “novel” and “unprecedented” interpretation of Section 441f of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

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