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SCOTUS on Free Speech

The Court gets it (mostly) right.

Apr. 2, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court this morning struck down the federal limit of $48,600 on total individual campaign contributions per election cycle, though it left intact the limit for a single candidate. Chief Justice John Roberts explained in his controlling opinion in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, “Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the First Amendment vigorously protects.” Furthermore, Roberts said, “combatting corruption” may justify regulating campaign spending, but “the aggregate limits do little, if anything, to address that concern, while seriously restricting participation in the democratic process. The aggregate limits are therefore invalid under the First Amendment.” We’re glad to see the Court get another case involving free speech correct. Cue the next Harry Reid meltdown over the Koch brothers.

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