McCutcheon decision not boding well with WMNF listeners

04/04/14 Janelle Irwin
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Tags: Citizens United, McCutcheon, FEC, Campaign finance, money in politics, super PAC, dark money

The US Supreme Court this week struck down overall limits on campaign contributions, but left in place limits on how much can be dolled out to individual candidates.

The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates. But their decision does not undermine limits on individual contributions to candidates for president or Congress, now $2,600 an election.

This smacks of the controversial citizens united ruling that gave rise to super pacs and raises more questions about the growing ability of wealthy individuals and deep pocketed corporations and special interests to use their buying power to out voice the common Joe Schmo.

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The USA may be returning to the days when Rockerfeller, Carnagie and J.P. Morgan were able to have McKinley elected thinking Roosevelt was safely able to do nothing as VP



The only real fix now must be a carefully worded constitutional amendment, which requires a convention of states. But beware, Ultra conservatives are better organized and are preparing for their own agenda at a constitution of states, one that would undermine rather than restore our representative democracy. In the meantime, the Supreme Court left open the opportunity to require full disclosure of campaign contributions. We must make sure that Congress follows up on that. Congress has been too wimpy and otherwise driven to make sure that disclosure is required. That door was left open in Citizens United as well. Let's make them do it.