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Supreme Court voids overall campaign contribution limits

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The Supreme Court has done away with limits on the overall campaign contributions by donors, regarding the federal law that limited monetary donations to political candidates, political parties, and political action committees. The ruling which resulted in a 5-4 vote in the high court was reported on by Yahoo! News on Wednesday.

With the Supreme Court ruling, American citizens may give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress, president, any political party, and PAC without violating the law when they reach a limit on all contributions. The limit was $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That, incidentally, includes the separate limit on contributions to candidates which was $48,600.

Basically, the ruling by the high court allows more private money to flow into elections.

Chief Justice John Roberts announced the Supreme Court’s decision – a decision which, once again, divided the conservative justices and the liberal justices. Roberts asserted that the limits have not prevented corruption in politics which has been the reasoning the court has claimed there was a need for contribution limits. He said that the overall limits intrude without justification on a citizen’s ability to exercise the most fundamental First Amendment activities.

Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas was in agreement with the ruling but said he would have gone further and removed all contribution limits.

The case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, No. 12-536, was brought by Shaun McCutcheon, an Alabama businessman, and the Republican National Committee. McCutcheon contributed $33,000 to 16 candidates for federal office in 2012 and had wanted to give $1,776 to each of a dozen more candidates, but he couldn't due to the overall cap for individuals.

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