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    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees.

    The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates.

    But their decision does not undermine limits on individual contributions to candidates for president or Congress, now $2,600 an election.

    Chief Justice John Roberts announced the decision, which split the court’s liberal and conservative justices. Roberts said the aggregate limits do not act to prevent corruption, the rationale the court has upheld as justifying contribution limits.

    The overall limits ‘‘intrude without justification on a citizen’s ability to exercise ‘the most fundamental First Amendment activities,’’’ Roberts said, quoting from the court’s seminal 1976 campaign finance ruling in Buckley v. Valeo.

    Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the outcome of the case, but wrote separately to say that he would have gone further and wiped away all contribution limits.

    Justice Stephen Breyer, writing for the liberal dissenters, took the unusual step of reading a summary of his opinion from the bench.

    Congress enacted the limits in the wake of Watergate-era abuses to discourage big contributors from trying to buy votes with their donations and to restore public confidence in the campaign finance system.

    But in a series of rulings in recent years, the Roberts court has struck down provisions of federal law aimed at limiting the influence of big donors as unconstitutional curbs on free speech rights.

    Most notably, in 2010, the court divided 5 to4 in the Citizens United case to free corporations and labor unions to spend as much as they wish on campaign advocacy, as long as it is independent of candidates and their campaigns. That decision did not affect contribution limits to individual candidates, political parties and political action committees.


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    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
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    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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    Heh! The ongoing meltdown over this is pretty amazing. Virtually nothing has changed, but the Left is just absolutely giving birth to Siamese cows about this.

    Hilarious! The Koch Brothers, Hallowed be Their Name, have bought the Supreme Court according to these loons.

    Harry Reid is literally babbling nonsense on the Senate floor.
    It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
    In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
    Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
    Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

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    • #3
      PFAHAHAHAHAAAHAA!!!

      I was planting tongue firmly in cheek when I said that about Harry Reid, but it turns out that it's literally true.
      Responding to the decision, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) invoked his favorite boogeymen: the Koch brothers.

      “The Supreme Court today just accentuated what they did on Citizens United, which is a decision that is one of the worst decisions in the history of that court,” Reid said during a press conference on raising the minimum wage. “All it does is take away people’s rights because, as you know, the Koch brothers are trying to buy America.”


      LMAO!


      Poor, stupid Harry is just going stark-raving in front of the whole world. Yesterday he went on an incoherent rant about the Kochs on the floor of the Senate, and then today he just unilaterally denied any GOP amendments to the unemployment bill, claiming that anything the GOP does is just "protecting the Koch brothers."

      The guy is truly certifiable. It's getting pretty close to time to have him physically removed from office.
      It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
      In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
      Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
      Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

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