U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Political Donation Limits

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As election season starts anew, the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has changed the game.  The Court’s 5-4 decision does not affect the current limit of $2,600.00 per political candidate for individuals, but did find that the prior overall cap of $48,600.00 by an individual contributor every two years to federal candidates violated the First Amendment of the Constitution.  Moreover, the Court found that the current cap on contributions to Political Actions Committees, currently $74,600.00, likewise violated the First Amendment.  To review the Court’s opinion, please see the following link: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-536_e1pf.pdf

 

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