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Supreme Court Strikes Down Limits on Individual Free Speech Contributions

April 2nd, 2014 - 8:50 am

Until this morning, the federal government could limit the amount of money you contribute for political speech.  Today in McCutcheon vs. FEC, the Supreme Court invalidated overall contribution limits.  The federal government limited individual campaign contributions to $48,000 overall and $123,200 to everything (PACs, candidates, national parties) each cycle.

The Supreme Court struck down the limits, holding that the government’s justification for limiting free speech rights – to keep money out of politics and the avoid the appearance of impropriety – failed.

This decision cuts at the heart of the leftist narrative on free speech attacks.  The heart of the narrative on the left (and among a smattering of GOP Senators) is that money in politics is bad and that large financial contributions create the appearance of corruption.

The Court rejected these justifications squarely:

Significant First Amendment interests are implicated here. Contributing money to a candidate is an exercise of an individual’s right to participate in the electoral process through both political expression and political association. A restriction on how many candidates and committees an individual may support is hardly a “modest restraint” on those rights. The Government may no more restrict how many candidates or causes a donor may support than it may tell a newspaper how many candidates it may endorse.

After the page break, we’ll explore the driving force behind the decision.

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Individual free speech is free to all; sounds American to me. To counter big money attempting to influence elections, the voter is obligated to understand the workings of our democratic republic, explore the many sides of issues, and select the best candidate according to the first two obligations. Oh, never mind. The best "Entertainment Tonight" candidate suits too many. Perhaps it is a saving grace that most people don't bother to vote!
37 weeks ago
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"Backer represents an activist breed of conservative lawyer who borrows the tactics of offense from the left and seeks to alter the legal landscape and the future of the nation."

Would be nice to have more of these. Backer and his ilk would seem to be the perfect type for office.
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One more day, and one more pathological seizure by the mortician of the senate, Harry Reid. This man must see the "Koch Brothers" walking around in the shadows of his bedroom at night. If your dearly departed wife, daughter, girlfriend, or for that matter either one of the sexes, was back in the embalming room, would you be comfortable with Harry the mortician back there alone with your loved one? And once again I must bring to the attention of all, that your hard earned dollars are confiscated by taxes to fund the life and times of Harry Reid and the other psychopaths running the show in D.C. God help us all.
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Wow. These numbers could easily change the outcome of most elections. We need to keep the pressure on to get our election processes changed to prevent this type of fraud. Elections must be fair and honest if the will of the people is to prevail. Well done to those who discovered this level of fraud.
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Wrong thread?
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