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EGAN v. UNITED STATES UNION ELECTRIC CO. OF MISSOURI v. SAME
Nos. 12267, 12268
Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
137 F.2d 369; 1943 U.S. App. LEXIS 4022
August 9, 1943
Rehearing Denied September 9, 1943
Appellants, a corporation and its president, were found guilty with conspiracy to violate
§ 12(h) of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (the Act), 15 U.S.C.S. § 791(h), by a Missouri trial court as
a result of political contributions made. The corporation and its president appealed the trial court action of overruling
their motions for mistrial, directed verdicts, and for new trials.
The corporation and its president argued that § 12(h) was unconstitutional, that the trial court erred in
refusing to direct verdicts of acquittal, in the admission of evidence, and in refusing and the giving of instructions.
Section 12(h) prohibited political contributions by public utility holding companies, which the corporation was such an
entity. The evidence showed that the corporation contributed thousands of dollars to candidates for governors of the
state, members of the legislature, and members of county boards for the purpose of influencing the official acts of such
officers. The court concluded that § 12(h) was a valid exercise by Congress of its congressional power, and that the
evidence clearly showed that the president participated in the conspiracy as he knew about the contributions. Further,
evidence of the president's silence when it was disclosed that a federal investigation was to begin was properly admitted
as his silence implied consent to the activities. No reversible error occurred in refusing the instructions requested by the
president as they related to whether he was personally in violation of § 12(h), which was not an issue before the court.
The judgments were affirmed.
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[HN1] Section 12 (h) of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, 15 U.S.C.S. § 79b, reads: It shall be unlawful
for any registered holding company, or any subsidiary company thereof, by use of the mails or any means or
instrumentality of interstate commerce, or otherwise, directly or indirectly - (1) to make any contribution whatsoever in
connection with the candidacy, nomination, election or appointment of any person for or to any office or position in the