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Shaun McCutcheon's attorney wants more money in politics listen

04/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: McCutcheon, FEC, Dan Backer, Citizens United, money in politics


Critics of loose campaign finance laws are reeling after a decision earlier this month that will allow wealthy individuals to throw even more money into political campaigns and parties. The McCutcheon verses FEC ruling removes caps on individual contributions directly to candidates and their parties. Washington attorney Dan Backer is the guy to thank.

“The only purpose it served was to benefit incumbents, keep marginal dollars out of the most transparent part of the political system and t...

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McCutcheon decision not boding well with WMNF listeners

04/04/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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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,...


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