“Nearly four years after its controversial ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court is once again taking up the issue of the regulation of money in politics. This time, the risk to the integrity of elected officials, and public confidence in government, may be even greater,” according to an op-ed in The New York Times.
“On Tuesday, the court is scheduled to hear oral argument in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, in which an Alabama businessman, Shaun McCutcheon, challenges the constitutionality of the overall cap on contributions an individual may make directly to federal candidates, party committees and political action committees in each two-year election cycle.
“Mr. McCutcheon says this limit — currently set at $123,200 — violates his First Amendment right to free speech. The government argues that the overall limit, together with the $5,200 limit on an individual’s donations to a particular candidate, works to prevent political corruption, as well as the appearance of corruption.”
The rest of the editorial is here.
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