Well there goes America.
The Supreme Court has struck down limits 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 Wednesday 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.
Calling himself “all for freedom,” Speaker John Boehner (Which linguistically should be pronounced BONER) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying “donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, also praised the deciision
“Let me be clear for all those who would criticize the decision: It does not permit one more dime to be given to an individual candidate or a party,” McConnell said Wednesday. “It just respects the constitutional rights of individuals to decide how many to support.”
Responding to the decision, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) spoke out against them who were behind this case and ruling. 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.”
Added Rep. Charles Rangel:
“Today’s flawed SCOTUS decision is simply a threat to our democracy, with absolutely no grounds of justification. It’s a shame that The Supreme Court again decided to open the floodgate of millions of dollars into the electoral process, effectively undermining the power of the people to choose their own elected leaders. Our elections should only be driven by voters who fall within its district. I find it unacceptable and troubling that millionaires and billionaires will be able to influence the polls under the pretext of exercising free speech. We have an obligation to act now to reverse the tide of special interest influence over our political system and to restore transparency and democratic principles into our electoral process.”
Canada anyone, eh?