U.S. Supreme Court strikes down limits on federal campaign contributions

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time.

The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season, will change and probably increase the role money plays in American politics.

The decision, by a 5-to-4 votes along ideological lines, was a sort of sequel to Citizens United, the 2010 decision that struck down limits on independent campaign spending by corporations and unions.

But that ruling did nothing to disturb the other main form of campaign finance regulation: caps on direct contributions to candidates and political parties.

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/us/politics/supreme-court-ruling-on-campaign-contributions.html?emc=edit_na_20140402

Last modified: April 02. 2014 7:53AM
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