Supreme Court to Consider Campaign Donation Limits

Case challenges the limit on how much an individual can give

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 19, 2013 10:26 AM CST

(Newser) – The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a campaign finance law that limits how much an individual can give to political campaigns. The justices today decided to hear an appeal from Shaun McCutcheon of Alabama and the Republican National Committee. They're arguing that the "aggregate limit" is unconstitutional. Said limit stopped donors from giving more than $117,000 during the 2011-2012 cycle, notes the Wall Street Journal: a max of $46,200 to federal candidates and $70,800 to political committees and PACs.

McCutcheon says he accepts that he can only give $2,500 to a single candidate but says he should be able to give that amount to as many GOP candidates as he wants. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the limit, but the high court decided to review that decision; they'll do so during their next term, which begins in October.

This Sept, 27, 2012 file photo shows the covered Supreme Court building in Washington.
This Sept, 27, 2012 file photo shows the covered Supreme Court building in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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