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Watchdog Says High Court Is 'Destroying' Campaign Finance Laws

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Supreme Court has struck down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees (PACs).

The justices say Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates, and to parties and PACs, without worrying they will violate the law by bumping up against a limit on all contributions.

The decision does not undermine limits on individual contributions to candidates for president or Congress, now $2,600 an election.

Fred Wertheimer, president of the campaign finance watchdog group Democracy 21, said with today’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, “the Supreme Court majority continued on its march to destroy the nation’s campaign finance laws.”

He joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the decision.

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