Center for Competitive Politics Heralds Win in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission 'Good Day for Democracy'

Clubs and Organizations

April 4, 2014

Alexandria, VA -- The Supreme Court ruled in favor of free speech on April 3, 2014 in this year's blockbuster campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.

Hailing the Court's decision, Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) Chairman and former FEC Chairman Bradley A. Smith released a statement this morning:

"Today is a good day for democracy. The Court has put some teeth into the requirement that campaign contribution limits must have a legitimate anti-corruption purpose. This will make it easier for candidates and parties to raise funds and that is also a good thing."

The case, which challenged the constitutionality of federal laws limiting the aggregate amount of money individuals may contribute to candidates, parties, and PACs, gave the Court an opportunity to clarify what standards legislators must meet before imposing contribution limits.

CCP submitted a friend of the court brief in May reminding the Court that legislators have a vested self-interest in these laws and have not demonstrated "particular expertise" in this area. The brief noted that "no record exists" justifying the law's anticorruption effect, either in Congress or before the courts.

For more information, check out CCP's website and primers on the case. CCP's amicus brief is accessible at this link.