SCOTUS frees the wealthy …

” … to give more money directly to congressional candidates, extending its controversial 2010 Citizens United decision that opened the door for unlimited independent spending on political issues.   In a 5-4 decision, the court’s conservative majority struck down Watergate-era aggregate limits that barred political donors from giving more than $123,000 a year in total to candidates running for seats in the House of Representatives or Senate. The court said this limit violated the free-speech rights of the donors, and it was not needed to prevent “corruption” of the political process…”

David G. Savage, “Supreme Court lifts overall limits on congressional campaign donations,” Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2014.

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