SCOTUS Strikes Down Cap on Aggregate Political Contributions

by Josh Encinias

Today, the Supreme Court announced a decision striking down limits in federal law on the total amount of money individuals may contribute to political-action committees, political parties, and candidates. 

The court voted 5–4 on Wednesday in the case, McCutcheon v. FEC, deciding that such caps violate the First Amendment, and that Americans have the right to give the legal maximum contributions to any number of individual congressional and presidential candidates, political parties, and PACs. 

The cap on aggregate contributions was $123,200 in 2014, with a $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates. The various caps on contributions to each type of campaign and party, however, remain unchanged.

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