Court Rejects Overall Political Donation Limit

2014

The U.S. Supreme Court rules, 5-4, in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission that individuals may donate to as many federal political candidates, parties and committees as they wish in a two-year election cycle. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. says that the overall cap violated the First Amendment’s free speech right. “There is no right in our democracy more basic than the right to participate in electing our political leaders,” he writes in the majority opinion. Justice Stephen G. Breyer, in his dissent, says that the decision will allow “a single individual to contribute millions of dollars to a political party or to a candidate’s campaign.”