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

(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.

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CitizenX
Feb 20, 2013 4:04 PM CST
Don't waste our (and the courts) time. Those scum bags will just change the definition of contribution to make an end run anyway.
trailmix
Feb 20, 2013 11:34 AM CST
First things first, undo Citizens United.
Wrongdirection
Feb 20, 2013 10:02 AM CST
In Reality; A lot of the population is heading toward retirement and we are called "Baby Boomers". We have to deal with increased Fuel cost (Gasoline) to get to our appoinments. We have to pay "Health Insurance" and all other increased on citizens in this country! The young people struggle as we do keeping a job, raising a familyand the cost they incure along with that. I would rather spend my money on things like going fishing and entertaining myself in my retirement, than to spend any amount over $100.00 to get no more representation than what we get and I will not spend more to elect people to put us in debt the way this government has! That being said, I pray a new limit is set, and for it to be a wise number, as I have indicated in my brief.