Apr 02 2014

With McCutcheon Ruling, Supreme Court Sweeps Away Vestiges of Campaign Finance Limits

The US Supreme Court has ruled in the case of McCutcheon vs. the FEC. In a vote of 5 to 4, the court has just ruled that some of the last vestiges limiting the flow of money into elections should be swept aside. The decision was split along political lines.

The ruling will end the limit of individual contributions of $123,000 in a two year electoral period. However, individuals are still limited in how much they can directly spend on individual candidates for office. Chief Justice John Roberts, who read the majority decision said the limits “intrude[d] without justification on a citizen’s ability to exercise ‘the most fundamental First Amendment activities.’”

Public Citizen, one of the leading groups organizing to regulate money in elections expressed strong dismay at the ruling. Robert Weissman, Public Citizen President said the ruling “strikes a devastating blow at the very foundation of our democracy.”

Activists in cities around the country including here in LA, who want an end to the influence of big money in politics, have planned demonstrations today.

GUESTS: Jonah Minkoff-Zern is Senior Organizer of Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign, Holly Mosher is the organizer for the Los Angeles McCutcheon rally and the Executive Producer of Pay 2 Play a film about the American electoral system

There will be a major demonstration against the McCutcheon ruling Wednesday April 2nd at 5 pm on the corner of Wilshire and Veteran in Los Angeles.

Find out more at www.moneyout-votersin.org for more information and additional demonstrations.

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