SCOTUS sells elections to highest bidder
Today, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling in McCutcheon V. Federal Election Commission, which strikes down aggregate limits on federal campaign contributions.
MADISON – Today, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling in McCutcheon V. Federal Election Commission, which strikes down aggregate limits on federal campaign contributions. In a split 5-4 decision, the Court ruled the federal $48,600 aggregate that any one individual can contribute to candidates each election cycle as well as the $74,600 aggregate for donations to political parties are unconstitutional. Below is a statement from Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison):
“First the Citizens United ruling and now this? This Supreme Court seems intent on opening the floodgates for more and more political cash into our elections. Our republic was born out of bloodshed, out of the fight for independence. Our forefathers fought for individual rights and freedoms. I doubt any one of them thought those freedoms included the right to buy elections.
“Today’s ruling doesn’t impact the average American or the average donor. According to Billion Dollar Democracy, a US PIRG study, 32 super-rich donors contributed as much as 3.7 million small dollar donors in the last presidential election. Today’s ruling allows the super-rich to give even more money. By equating money with speech, the US Supreme Court is allowing more ‘speech’ for the most wealthy. This ruling threatens our democracy.”