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Supreme Court Knocks Down Aggregate Limits, Falls Short of McConnell’s Extreme Request

April 2, 2014 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C.—The Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC will give the biggest campaign donors even more influence in Washington, according to campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund.

On Wednesday, the Court struck down aggregate contribution limits on donations to candidates.

Statement from David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund:

“The way campaigns are financed is already extremely unfair to everyday Americans, and today, the Supreme Court has once again made it worse.

“If there’s a silver lining, it’s that today’s decision makes it crystal clear and all the more important than ever before that Congress move forward on legislation to empower everyday Americans in the political process. This decision underscores the missed opportunity by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York this week to pass comprehensive reform of the way our elections are financed.

“The Government By the People Act in the House and the Fair Elections Now Act in the Senate will increase the ability of everyday Americans to be heard in our political system.”

In October, Public Campaign released a report highlighting the donors most likely to benefit if the Court sided with McCutcheon. The donors who reach the aggregate limit are from disproportionately wealthy, white neighborhoods, with a quarter working in the financial sector.

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