After it’s discovered that money has been illegally contributed to a political campaign, what happens to it? The U.S. Court of Federal Claims recently allowed a suit against the government to go forward to answer whether the money is returned to the unlucky contributor or goes to the lucky federal treasury.

The court, in Fireman v. U.S., No. 99-17, rejected the government’s motion to dismiss the suit brought by Simon C. Fireman and his corporation, Aqua-Leisure Industries Inc. of Boston. Mr. Fireman stands to recover a $69,000 illegal contribution to the Dole for President Committee.

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