TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Brittany Sims on Apr 2, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down aggregate limits on direct contributions from individuals to federal political candidates and committees, citing a First Amendment right to political association. The 5-4 decision overruled the 1976 Buckley v. Valeo decision, which allowed restrictions on some campaign contributions to protect against corruption or the appearance of corruption. Justice Stephen G. Breyer dissented in today's opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. "Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission," Breyer wrote, "today’s decision eviscerates our nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve." The ABA Journal has more.