1. McCutcheon

A limit on people, but not PACs?

Those who favor limiting First Amendment rights often denounce PACs, which they call tools of special interests. If the aggregate limit is so important, why does it only apply to people and not to PACs? PACs can give to as many candidates as they want, and they can give a lot more to each candidate, […]

Filed Under: 1. McCutcheon, Arguments

Give the maximum to 18 candidates, but not 19?

Federal law limits citizens to contributing no more than $2,600 to any one candidate’s campaign. With the aggregate $48,600 limit on candidate contributions, that means individual contributors would only be able to support 18 candidates to the legal maximum. Once contributors reach the limit on candidate contributions, the law bans them from giving a penny […]

Filed Under: 1. McCutcheon, Arguments

Even if some mechanism is needed to prevent corruption, the aggregate ban is not “narrowly tailored” as required by the Constitution.

Under long-standing First Amendment jurisprudence, the state must demonstrate an important interest before infringing on First Amendment rights. Even after demonstrating such an interest, it must then address it with a “narrowly tailored” solution that goes no further than necessary. Here, neither requirement is met. The real reason for the aggregate limit is probably pretty […]

Filed Under: 1. McCutcheon, Arguments

McCutcheon’s case does not challenge the solicitation ban on such large contributions. It is not clear if the ban would fall.

If McCutcheon wins his case, it is not clear that a president, leader in Congress, or any candidate can solicit the million dollar donations that opponents claim. McCutcheon’s lawsuit challenges the law’s ban on his ability to give the money and the Republican National Committee’s right to receive it, but there is no challenge to […]

Filed Under: 1. McCutcheon, Arguments

37 states have no aggregate limit of any kind. This is not an issue in those states.

States are the laboratories of our democracy, and they are doing just fine without aggregate limits. If the fear that top officials would use joint fundraising committees to foster corruption were justified, such a pattern of contributions surely would have been manifested in one of these jurisdictions at some time over the past half century […]

Filed Under: 1. McCutcheon, Arguments

Boehner and Pelosi can already ask for $4.3 million, but they don’t

The biennial limit only applies to individuals, not PACs. So Boehner or Pelosi could already set up a joint fundraising committee to raise millions from PACs today. The committee could raise funds of up to $10,000 each for up to 435 House candidates, plus up to $15,000 for their party’s House campaign committee, or a […]

Filed Under: 1. McCutcheon, Arguments

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