Electionlawblog has the latest on an order clarifying the court’s ruling in an important San Diego campaign finance case.
I believe this ruling goes further than the D.C. Circuit might go in the SpeechNow case, because there I think the plaintiffs are all individuals, not entities, who are claiming the right to make unlimited contributions to independent expenditure committees.
Donations from corporations or unions to independent expenditure groups? In EMILY’s List, the D.C. Circuit (in an opinion issued before Citizens United overruled Austin) explained:
If Austin were overruled, then non-profits would be able to make unlimited express-advocacy expenditures from their soft-money accounts even if they accepted donations from for-profit corporations or unions to those accounts.