One week ago, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of eliminating the total amount of money that donors can contribute towards candidates and political committees. Though the ruling does still impose a limit on how much each individual campaign can receive, it does away with the cap on how much money donors can give in total. Hillary Clinton, who may be launching a presidential campaign of her own, commented on the decision Tuesday night.
"With the rate the Supreme Court is going, there will only be three or four people in the whole country that have to finance our entire political system by the time they are done," she said. Clinton's comments on the Supreme Court's decision came during a Q&A session of the International Speaker Series at The World Affairs Council of Oregon last night. She also told the audience to vote for a candidate who "respects and cherishes the Democratic process."
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, meanwhile, defended the decision by writing that "there is no right in our democracy more basic than the right to participate in electing our political leaders,” claiming the overall donation limit restricts First Amendment rights. Roberts also said Congress should not regulate donations simply to "reduce the amount of money in politics," but instead target corruption. Four of the nine justices dissented, saying the decision "understates the importance of protecting the political integrity of our governmental institutions."
As for Clinton, multiple groups aiming to raise money for her (though she has not yet announced her intent to run) could be affected by or benefit from the decision. The Bangor Daily News notes that a new crop of Super PACs has popped up to join the likes of Ready for Hillary to support Clinton and encourage her to run. On the other hand, groups like Stop Hillary PAC are working in the opposite direction.
Naturally, Clinton was also asked about whether or not she has decided to run for president during her Tuesday appearance. In quite the unsurprising answer, she replied she is "thinking about it" and added that she'd continue to think about it for a while longer. That response comes after previous appearances in which she brushed off the question, including one in January where she said she'd wait to ponder it "in the future sometime." Clinton is scheduled to speak in Las Vegas and San Jose tomorrow and again on Friday via satellite to a conference in San Diego.