United States v. O'Donnell: Decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Court Level
Ninth Circuit

Decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Opinion given by Judge Fisher. The Court holds that § 441f prohibits straw donor contributions, in which a defendant solicits others to donate to a candidate for federal office in their own names and furnishes the money for the gift either through an advance or a prearranged reimbursement. The Court further holds that the indictment against O’Donnell is sufficient. Accordingly, the district court’s order dismissing counts one and two of the indictment is reversed, and the case is remanded.