It's Time To End Our Failed Affair With Campaign Finance Laws

by - September 17, 2013

If there is any evidence that these aggregate contribution limits provide any public benefits, the proponents of the laws haven’t pointed to it.  The vast majority of states have no comparable limits for contributions in state elections, and there is not the slightest evidence that those states are any more corrupt or less well governed than states that do. This lack of evidence combined with the Roberts Court’s hostility to restrictions on speech makes it a good bet that the Court will ultimately find the biennial aggregate limits unconstitutional.  And although there are many ways in which the Court could rule in Shaun McCutcheon’s favor, the best way, as the Institute for Justice argues in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in McCutcheon, would be for the Court to rule that the government cannot restrict peaceful political activity merely to avoid the “appearance of corruption.”

It's Time To End Our Failed Affair With Campaign Finance Laws - Forbes

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