Court to Rule on Aggregate Campaign Contributions

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which tests the constitutionality of limits on overall contributions to federal candidates and to party and political action committees. According to several news outlets covering the proceeding, the court appears ready to strike down the limit on contributions to candidates. Other sources, however said the justices were “sharply divided” and asked a lot of questions about “the nuts and bolts” of campaign finance. The case was brought by Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon and the Republican National Committee. The ABA Journal links to stories about the case.