Why Congress Can’t Ban Soft Money

In this article, David Mason explains soft money and the constitutional protection for political speech that prevents Congress from limiting it by legislating what can and cannot be done or said and how much money may be spent doing so. In fact, Supreme Court decisions over the years have declared unconstitutional anything but voluntary restrictions on campaign spending, while leaving in place a variety of limitations on contributions.

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.