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PCAF Slams New RNC Lawsuit to Give Big Donors More Influence In Politics

May 23, 2014 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C.—Campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund released a statement today slamming the Republican National Committee’s lawsuit that would give big donors even more influence in the political process.

“This challenge isn’t just about the soft money ban, it’s part of a long-term legal strategy to chip away at contribution limits altogether,” said David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund. “If successful, this case would give the wealthiest among us even more influence in politics, further drowning out the voices of everyday people who can’t write huge checks. A representative democracy, simply put, can’t be a conversation between wealthy Republicans and wealthy Democrats.”

The lawsuit, filed today in the US District Court for the District of Columbia would allow parties to set up independent accounts to raise and spend unlimited sums of money.

The Republican National Committee was also a party in the recent McCutcheon v. FEC challenge at the Supreme Court that invalidated aggregate contribution limits, or how much individuals can give, in total, to political committees each cycle.

A poll released this week by CBS News found that 3 in 4 Americans think the wealthy “have a better chance than others of influencing the election process” and 71% of voters support limits on contributions.

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