On September 28, in McCutcheon v. FEC, a three-judge panel of the US District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a challenge to the FECA campaign contribution limits filed by an individual (McCutcheon) and the Republican National Committee. McCutcheon had challenged the aggregate biennial contribution limits of $46,200 to candidates and their authorized committees and $70,800 to anyone else (for a total contribution limit of $117,000). In rejecting this challenge, the court held that eliminating the biennial contribution limits could allow a contributor to effectively bypass the individual $2,500 contribution limit to candidates. While the district court noted that contribution limits historically have been upheld by the Supreme Court, the opinion acknowledged that this issue ultimately could be decided by the Supreme Court in light of recent decisions loosening campaign finance restrictions.