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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:41 AM

Supreme Court to consider limits on individual political contributions


By Robert Barnes, Published: February 19

The Supreme Court reentered the controversial field of campaign finance Tuesday, agreeing to consider a Republican challenge to decades-old limits on the total amount a person can contribute to candidates, political parties and political action committees.

It is the courtís first major campaign finance case since its 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed unlimited corporate and union spending in elections. By extension, the decision led to the creation of super PACs, whose multimillion-dollar donations transformed funding of the 2012 presidential contest.

The new case, which will be heard in the courtís term that begins in October, concerns the federal limit on the amount an individual can contribute to certain campaigns during each election cycle ...

Shaun McCutcheon, an Alabama conservative activist and businessman, brought the lawsuit along with the Republican National Committee because he is seeking to contribute more than those amounts. He is not challenging the limit on the amount he can give to individual candidates ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-to-consider-limits-on-individual-political-contributions/2013/02/19/9126e474-7ad1-11e2-82e8-61a46c2cde3d_story.html

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struggle4progress Feb 2013 OP
Drale Feb 2013 #1
leftyohiolib Feb 2013 #2
Xipe Totec Feb 2013 #3
pansypoo53219 Feb 2013 #4
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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:44 AM

1. Well, they already ruled once that corporations can give unlimited money to campaigns

so why shouldn't individuals be able to as well? Citizen's United completely overstepped the Courts reach and was completely unconstitutional but unfortunately until we pass an amendment that says in very clear words that corporations are not people and that money does not equal free speech, they kind of have to rule that individuals can give as much as they want.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:48 AM

2. it'll be 5-4 that it's illegal for individuals to donate money. only corporations, who are real

people, can donate

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:51 AM

3. Title should be: Supreme Court to consider REMOVING limits on individual political contributions

That would have been more honest on the part of the WAPO.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:32 PM

4. why aren't the RITE wing judges called ACTIVIST JUDGES???

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:37 PM

5. Oh no, they're "Constitutionalists"

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