The Philadelphia Inquirer: Judge gives setback to Menendez, buoys super PAC critics


That finding is "significant" and "novel" in the world of campaign finance, but also obvious, said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel at the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center.

"To put it bluntly, Judge Walls stated the obvious, that contributions to super PACs are valuable to office holders and can corrupt them," Ryan said.

He said this case is the first he knows of that alleges corruption based on donations to a super PAC. He hoped that in the long run, similar corruption cases could force the Supreme Court to reconsider its 2010 ruling.

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