By Lawrence Hurley
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a long-standing ban on U.S. government contractors making campaign contributions in federal elections.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against individual contractors who said the ban violated their constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.
Writing on behalf of an 11-judge panel, Chief Judge Merrick Garland wrote that "the concerns that spurred the original bar remain as important today as when the statute was enacted" in 1940.
The case did not touch upon the campaign contributions ban on corporations that have contracts with the federal government.
Some of the claims in the case were moot because two of the three plaintiffs had completed their federal contracts, the court said.
(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)