Each week I write a political tweet that affects YOU and the WORLD AROUND YOU.
This week’s Weekly Political Tweet: SCOTUS Strikes Down Limits on Individual Campaign Contributions, and Has Given Rise to Bureaucracy.
— Prince (@princedjc) April 2, 2014
“The Supreme Court ruled in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission Wednesday, striking down overall limits on campaign contributions.
The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates.
But their decision does not undermine limits on individual contributions to candidates for president or Congress, now $2,600 an election.” (Huffington Post)
The ruling could have an impact on the 2014 midterm elections, as donors can now give up to $5,200 to as many candidates as they wish. (Politico)
What Do The Justices Say?
Chief Justice John Roberts who announced the decision, says the aggregate limits do not act to prevent corruption, the rationale the court has upheld as justifying contribution limits:
Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas wrote separately to say that he would have gone further and wiped away all contribution limits.
Justice Stephen Breyer, writing on behalf of the liberal dissenters, took the unusual step of reading a summary of his opinion from the bench.
“Congress enacted the limits in the wake of Watergate-era abuses to discourage big contributors from trying to buy votes with their donations and to restore public confidence in the campaign finance system.”
What Do Politicians Say?
GOP and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell argues that relaxed campaign finance rules have reduced influence of political parties. (Huffington Post)
Republican House Speaker John Boehner praises the Supreme Court and says
“Freedom of speech is being upheld.”
“You all have the freedom to write what you want to write, donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give” He told reporters after a meeting of House Republicans Wednesday morning.
What Do I Say About This?
It’s a sad day for Democracy. “Speech” has now been taken out of context to “Unveil the Mask of Realpolitik.” Since when has the colors, of our cherished belief (“Freedom of Speech”), been reduced to the color “Green?”
If we are not going to have fair regulations in political campaign races, then we might as well as do away with all referees and security personnel in all sports games. Let’s allow sports owners the FREEDOM to bribe referees and corrupt the sports that we all love and adore.
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