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Washington (CNN) - In another blow to federal election laws, the Supreme Court on Wednesday eliminated limits on the total amount people can donate to various political campaigns in a single election season. However, the court left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate.
At issue is whether those regulations in the Federal Election Campaign Act violate the First Amendment rights of contributors.
The divided 5-4 ruling could have an immediate impact on November's congressional midterm elections, and add another layer of high-stakes spending in the crowded political arena.
"We conclude that the aggregate limits on contributions do not further the only governmental interest this court accepted as legitimate" said Chief Justice John Roberts, referring to a 1976 precedential ruling.
"They instead intrude without justification on a citizen's ability to express the most fundamental First Amendment activities."
Roberts was supported by his four more conservative colleagues.
In dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer said the majority opinion will have the effect of creating "huge loopholes in the law; and that undermines, perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform."
The ruling leaves in place current donor limits to individual candidates, and donor disclosure requirements by candidates, political parties, and political action committees.
reply to post by jhn7537
I think what you meant to say is UNIONS are free to buy elections.
Why are the Koch brothers always mentioned? They aren't even close to being a top political donor.
None of the Top 10 Biggest Political Donors are Republicanedit on 2-4-2014 by jjkenobi because: (no reason given)
reply to post by jjkenobi
The unions represent whole groups of people, thousands. Who do the Koch Brothers represent?
Anyway, I blame the american voter for being lazy, turn off the tv ads, and go find out for yourself who the candidate is.