Brady Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Campaign Contribution Limits
October 8, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC. The case challenges the constitutionality of aggregate contribution limits in federal elections. The current inflation adjusted limits of $48,600 for an individual candidate committees and $74,600 to PACs and parties have been in place since the enactment of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act
If the Supreme Court rules to end these limits, untold millions will be given directly to candidate committees, and to state and national political parties, by powerful special interests. Striking down these aggregate limits will pave the way to the eventual elimination of all contribution limits.
“The Supreme Court has long held that contribution limits are both necessary and constitutional,” said Robert Brady (D-PA). “They guard against corruption and ensure that public officials work to represent the people that elected them, not a handful of special interests. The unchecked influx of secret, unlimited money after the Court’s Citizens United decision is already eroding the public faith in our elected officials. Striking down aggregate contribution limits would be absolutely devastating to our democracy.”
In June, Chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert A. Brady (PA-01) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers Jr. (MI-13) filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court regarding McCutcheon v. FEC . The three leading Democrats were joined on the brief by 82 fellow members of the House of Representatives in urging the Court to uphold the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.