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O'Donnell

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government's ninth circuit brief in O'Donnell Appeal.
government's ninth circuit brief in O'Donnell Appeal.

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 No. 09-50296IN THEUNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,Plaintiff-Appellant,v.PIERCE O’DONNELL,Defendant-Appellee. 
GOVERNMENT’S OPENING BRIEF
APPEAL FROMTHE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 
GEORGE S. CARDONA  Acting United States AttorneyCHRISTINE C. EWELL Assistant United States AttorneyChief, Criminal DivisionERIK M. SILBER  Assistant United States AttorneyCriminal Appeals Section
1200 United States Courthouse312 North Spring StreetLos Angeles, California 90012Telephone: (213) 894-2231Facsimile: (213) 894-8513E-mail: Erik.Silber@usdoj.gov
 Attorneys for Plaintiff-AppellantUNITED STATES OF AMERICA 
Case: 09-50296 09/14/2009 Page: 1 of 85 DktEntry: 7060842
 
iTABLE OF CONTENTSPAGETABLE OF AUTHORITIES.....................ivIISSUE PRESENTED......................1IISTATEMENT OF THE CASE...................2A.NATURE OF CASE, COURSE OF PROCEEDINGS, ANDDISPOSITION......................2B.JURISDICTION, TIMELINESS, AND BAIL STATUS.......2C.STATEMENT OF FACTS..................21.Indictment....................22.Motion to Dismiss................43.Hearing.....................64.Order......................9IIIHISTORY OF FECA.....................11IVSUMMARY OF ARGUMENT...................16VARGUMENT.........................19A.STANDARD OF REVIEW.................19B.SECTION 441f PROHIBITS DEFENDANTS CONDUCT.....191.Defendant Violated the Plain Wording ofSection 441f..................19a.Section 441f prohibits defendant fromcontributing $26,000 in the names of 13other people...............19b.Had Congress intended to limit Section441f only to contributions in a falsename, it would have done so expressly...21
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iiTABLE OF CONTENTS (continued)PAGEc.Given the broad and unambiguous wordingof Section 441f, the absence of thewords “conduit” or “indirect” is notmeaningful................242.Applying the Plain Wording of Section 441fto Defendant’s Conduct is Consistent withthe Structure and Purpose of FECA.......283.The FEC Has Recognized that Section 441fApplies Here and Congress Has Demonstratedits Agreement.................314.Courts Have Consistently Recognized thatSection 441f Applies Here...........34C.THE DISTRICT COURT’S RATIONALES FOR READING ANONTEXTUAL LIMIT INTO THE PLAIN WORDING OFSECTION 441f LACK MERIT...............381.Context Does Not Limit the Wording of Section441f......................38a.Congress’ use of the terms “indirectly”and “conduit” in other provisions doesnot support reading a limitation intoSection 441f...............38b.Applying the plain wording of Section441f neither conflicts with Section441a(a)(8) nor renders the words“indirectly” or “conduit” in thatSection superfluous............432.The Legislative History Does Not Support theNontextual Limitation that the Court Readinto Section 441f...............47a.The 1971 legislative history demonstratesthat Congress did not intend to allowcontributors to hide their identities...47
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