A Bullhorn in the Orchestra

Expanding on its previous decision in Citizens United, a divided Supreme Court struck down limits on individuals’ federal campaign contributions. The majority held that aggregate limits on contributions are invalid under the First Amendment. According to the majority opinion, eliminating the limit on contributions does not give rise to quid pro quo corruption, nor does the possibility that large sums may garner influence elected officials or political parties. A blistering dissent states the decision eviscerates campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with grave problems of democratic legitimacy. McCutcheon v. FEC.