WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday freed wealthy donors 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.
The justices noted that donors mush still abide by rules that prevent them from giving more than $2,600 per election per candidate.
(Yes, he said “mush still abide.” Screenshot here. Look, do you want the story done professionally or do you want it fast?)
I’ve said it before and I will say it again. You can have laws against money in politics or you can have a First Amendment, but you can’t have both.
The 5-4 nature of the decision reminds us why Republicans cannot spend 40 years in the wilderness. Our rights are at stake every time one of these cases goes before the Court.