In a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down cap on political donations. The case ruled upon was brought by Shaun McCutheon against the Federal Elections Commission, FEC. This overturns a law limiting campaign contributions directly to federal candidates of only $5,200 to a total of nine, or $48,600. as well as an overall limit of $123,200 per campaign cycle to parties and PACs. Chef Justice John G. Roberts wrote the majority opinion, stating that, ″Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the first Amendment vigorously protects..″ Citing acts such as flag burning and other demonstrations by hate groups, Chief Justice Roberts adds that the First Amendment, ″…surely protects political campaign speech despite popular opposition.″ This was the most significant ruling on political campaign financing since the victory in the courts by Citizens United vs the FEC.
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