Dec 10, 2013
Supreme Court Could Eliminate Campaign Caps on Individual Donors
Posted on Oct 4, 2013
An effort to remove the limits on total campaign contributions by a single donor is before the Supreme Court. Progressives predict the elimination will lead to an estimated $1 billion increase in giving over the next seven years by the top 1,219 donors from the 2012 election.
The limits, which currently restrict individual donors to giving no more than $123,200 during the 2014 election cycle, will be challenged in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission on Oct. 8. The case was brought by Alabama business owner Shaun McCutcheon and joined by the Republican National Committee. McCutcheon says the limits are an unconstitutional restriction of his First Amendment rights.
The progressive groups Demos and U.S. PIRG say the increase would make political campaigns even more dependent on the biggest contributors and further reduce the influence of small donors.
Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party, was quoted in The Huffington Post worrying about the future. “We are fast approaching a point where politics is becoming a disagreement among rich people,” he said.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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