Supreme Court Strikes Down Campaign Contribution Spending Limits

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/02 2014 11:37AM

Updated 04/02 2014 01:23PM

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down campaign contribution spending limits Wednesday. 

A press release says the ruling voided legal limits on contributions by individual donors to political campaigns. 

At issue was how much donors could legally give to candidates and political organizations during a two-year federal election cycle. 

The justices ruled in a 5-4 decision. 

Statements from local leaders:

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.):

“I was disappointed by today’s Supreme Court decision. Just like the court’s Citizen United decision, this will give more power to millionaires and billionaires to control elections. With this decision, a single donor can give in total millions to party committees and federal candidates, drowning out the voices of average voters.”

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.):

"Four years after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its controversial Citizens United decision, five justices once again have decided to rule on the side of moneyed interests and against the American people."

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

"What world are the five conservative Supreme Court justices living in? To equate the ability of billionaires to buy elections with Freedom of Speech is totally absurd. The Supreme Court is paving the way toward an oligarchic form of society in which a handful of billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson will control our political process.”


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