The ABA Journal has another story on the Fieger trial.
“No person shall make a contribution in the name of another person or knowingly permit his name to be used to effect such a contribution, and no person shall knowingly accept a contribution made by one person in the name of another person.”
The defense argued that the law, as worded, does not prohibit reimbursing people who make contributions.
Students of campaign finance law history may recall the case of Simon Fireman (who was prosecuted during the Clinton administration). The Times‘ article on the case is available here. I haven’t read Mr. Fireman’s subsequent book (which apparently discusses his case). Mr. Fireman received some manner of redress in the settlement of Simon Fireman v. U.S.A. The Record article is here.