Beware of a Naive Perspective, Parts 1 and 2
A Prebuttal to Possible U.S. Supreme Court
Rulings in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission
McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission challenges the
constitutionality of federal limits on the total an individual can contribute
to federal candidates, political parties, and political action committees
Part 1 of our two part series, Public Citizen finds that even if the U.S.
Supreme Court only partially strikes down caps on aggregate campaign
contributions when it rules in McCutcheon v. Federal
Election Commission, the decision could still open the door to
candidates and party officials soliciting individual donors for checks of more
than $2.5 million, thus increasing the likelihood of corruption. A full
elimination of aggregate limits would permit candidates to solicit checks of
more than $5.9 million.
Part 2, we estimate that eliminating the aggregate limit on contributions to
candidates could enable candidates to transfer more than $74 million to the
national party committees combined. Each donor would effectively be
contributing the equivalent of more than $1.8 million to party committees, or
more than 24 times the legal limit.