ATLANTA - In a surprise move, lawyers for Alabama bond dealer William B. Blount asked a federal appeals court in Washington Friday to suspend key parts of the MSRB's "pay to play" rule.

Blount's lawyers, Williams & Connolly, asked the Securities and Exchange Commission last week to voluntarily suspend the provisions of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board's Rule G-37 that prevents firms from doing business with an issuer for two years after making political contributions to its officials.

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