Judicial Watch Statement on Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Limit to Individuals' Total Contributions

Apr 02, 2014, 13:58 ET from Judicial Watch

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Judicial Watch issued a statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to eliminate an individual's overall campaign donations McCutcheon v. FEC (No. 12-536).

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said:

The Supreme Court has once again vindicated the First Amendment rights of all Americans. Restrictions on political spending are a form of government corruption; they violate Americans' individual free speech rights in a way that only benefits those self-interested politicians who are trying to shut off public discourse. We applaud today's ruling.

Judicial Watch filed an amicus curiae brief in support of free speech in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Judicial Watch argued in its brief that:

  • Political speech is at the heart of the First Amendment and is entitled to the broadest protection.
  • Unlike contributions to candidates, independent expenditures, which are not coordinated with a candidate or campaign, do not pose a danger of corruption or its appearance.
  • The Supreme Court has consistently invalidated legislative attempts at limiting or restricting corporate expenditures as violative of First Amendment free speech.

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