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U.S. Supreme Court lifts aggregate campaign donation ban

Press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court
Press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court
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Wealthy donors may have even more power to sway elections after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a ban on aggregate campaign donations.

According to USA Today on April 2, the justices ruled 5-4 to lift the ban that limits the total amount on money a donor can give to a political candidate, committee or party. In a decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court ruled the ban unconstitutional, which now will leave the limits of what donors can give to the individual.

In his official opinion, Roberts wrote that although the government has a strong interest to combat corruption, it also has a duty to not restrict free speech of donors. He wrote:

"The government has a strong interest, no less critical to our democratic system, in combating corruption and its appearance. We have, however, held that this interest must be limited to a specific kind of corruption -- quid pro quo corruption -- in order to ensure that the government's efforts do not have the effect of restricting the First Amendment right of citizens to choose who shall govern who."

The Supreme Court decision once again alters the political landscape ahead of the midterm elections in November.

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