Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time. The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season, will change and most likely increase the role money plays in American politics.

The decision, by a 5-to-4 vote along ideological lines, was sort of a sequel to Citizens United, the 2010 decision that struck down limits on independent campaign spending by corporations and unions. But that ruling did nothing to disturb the other main form of campaign finance regulation: caps on direct contributions to candidates and political parties.

Wednesday’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, No. 12-536, addressed that second kind of regulation.

It did not disturb familiar base limits on contributions from individuals to candidates, currently $2,600 per candidate in primary and general elections.

But it said that overall limits of $48,600 every two years for contributions to all federal candidates violated the First Amendment, as did separate aggregate limits on contributions to political party committees, currently $74,600.

The decision is here:


This is not a good thing. It further limits the private voter and those without money. It will serve special interest groups, big oil companies and the like even more and take away the power of the vote of the little guy. Not good at all.


It does seem that limits to campaign contributions are an infringement on individual liberty. Still I hate TV campaign ads as much as anybody. If one really wants to reduce the influence of money on elections, just ban political advertising on TV.

(For myself, I would also ban ‘debates’ which are nothing but extended talking points.)

The current system just makes TV networks and stations richer.


You can spot the agenda when you single out “big oil.”

It is not even a top five donor by industry:


What ever will the unions do???


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