SCOTUS Could Rule as Early as Tomorrow on Sister Case to Citizens United

January 13, 2014 at 6:16 PM Leave a comment

Tweet of the Day 1-13-14

This is what McCutcheon is all about:

Before the U.S. Supreme Court today, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. vigorously defended the current overall cap on political contributions as a tool that helps prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption.

“Aggregate limits combat corruption,” Verrilli told the nine Supreme Court justices, arguing that should party leaders such as the speaker of the House or Senate majority leader solicit seven-figure checks there is an “inherent risk of corruption” and a “risk of indebtedness” to wealthy donors.

The so-called “aggregate” contribution limits are being challenged in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, named for its lead plaintiff Shaun McCutcheon, a Republican activist from Alabama.

McCutcheon’s lawyers today argued that such limits, which are indexed to inflation and periodically raised, restrict his First Amendment rights.

If the court were to axe the current overall contribution limits, Verrilli predicted that “less than 500 people” could “fund the whole shooting match,” and then the government would be “run of, by and for those 500 people.”


So, with Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people and the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting their political contributions, as well as those of “associations” and labor unions.  (But, of course, labor unions have nowhere near the money corporations do.)

With corporations free to pour money into campaigns, the last remaining barrier to the wealthiest of the wealthy buying elections could be knocked down if SCOTUS rules in favor of McCutcheon and removes barriers that apply to individuals.  I mean, how can you or I compete with someone who has the means to contribute $70 million in one election cycle?

We were screwed when the Citizens United ruling came down.  We’ll be really, really, really screwed if McCutcheon wins this one.



Entry filed under: Corporatocracy, Laws / Judiciary.

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