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COURT DECISION
McCutcheon v. FEC
2014

Full name: McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission

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JUSTICES IN MAJORITY
Samuel Alito
Anthony Kennedy
John G. Roberts
Antonin Scalia
Clarence Thomas

DISSENTING
Stephen Breyer
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Elena Kagan
Sonia Sotomayor

Note: Court justices do not represent any political party. The color of each judge's name represents the political party of the president who appointed the judge.

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Related Issues

Understanding Election Campaign Financing


Related Bills

Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold)

2002 (HR-2356)

Summary

The Supreme Court ruled that limits to the total amount of money an individual can contribute to candidates for Congress are unconstitutional.

What was the case about?

In 2012, Shaun McCutcheon donated to 15 different federal candidates. He said he wanted to donate to more candidates, but the law didn't allow an individual to donate more than $123,200 overall in a two-year election cycle. McCutcheon claimed that restriction violated his First Amendment right to free speech.

What is the effect of this decision?

With the Supreme Courts ruling, people such as McCutcheon still cannot give more than $5,200 to any single candidate, but now can give to as many candidates as they want. They also can donate to groups associated with a candidate without having to be concerned about reaching a limit.

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