Beware of a Naive Perspective, Parts 1 and 2

A Prebuttal to Possible U.S. Supreme CourtRulings in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

ShaunMcCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission challenges theconstitutionality of federal limits on the total an individual can contributeto federal candidates, political parties, and political action committees(PACs).

InPart 1 of our two part series, Public Citizen finds that even if the U.S.Supreme Court only partially strikes down caps on aggregate campaigncontributions when it rules in McCutcheon v. FederalElection Commission, the decision could still open the door tocandidates and party officials soliciting individual donors for checks of morethan $2.5 million, thus increasing the likelihood of corruption. A fullelimination of aggregate limits would permit candidates to solicit checks ofmore than $5.9 million.

InPart 2, we estimate that eliminating the aggregate limit on contributions tocandidates could enable candidates to transfer more than $74 million to thenational party committees combined. Each donor would effectively becontributing the equivalent of more than $1.8 million to party committees, ormore than 24 times the legal limit.