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August 31, 2014

Supreme Court to Consider Contribution Limits

The New York Times Room for Debate hosts a terrific discussion on McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, in which the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of aggregate campaign contribution limits.

Richard Hasen: “For almost 40 years, since the 1976 Buckley v. Valeo decision, the Supreme Court has treated limits on campaign contributions to candidates, parties and committees more permissibly than limits on independent campaign spending when challenged on First Amendment grounds… Senator Mitch McConnell wants the Supreme Court in McCutcheon v. F.E.C. to overturn part of Buckley and to apply that strict standard to review of contribution limits.”

“The closer the money comes to the hands of members of Congress, the greater the danger of corruption and undue influence of big donors. Senator McConnell’s ‘strict scrutiny’ proposal will greatly increase the chances of a corrupt Congress.”

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