Supreme Court

NEW VIDEO: McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court Rally

Back in October, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, a case that challenged the cap on how much money individuals can give, in total, to federal candidates, party committees, and political action committees (PACs) each election cycle.

Gratitude and Influence

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared at the Supreme Court today to listen as his lawyer Bobby Burchfield urged the Court to, essentially, invalidate all contribution limits.

Sen. Mitch McConnell Urges Supreme Court to Throw Out Contribution Limits

Lawyers for Sen. Mitch McConnell have asked the Supreme Court for “time to present McConnell’s views” during October’s oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, a campaign finance case dealing with aggregate contribution limits, according to Bloomberg BNA.

Diverse Groups Urge Supreme Court to Side With Everyday People in Limits Challenge

With the Supreme Court set to hear a money-in-politics case in October that some have said could be the “next Citizens United,” a diverse range of groups that includes Public Campaign and represents more than 40 million members submitted “friend of the court” (amici curiae) briefs urging the court to uphold sensible safeguards against big money-dominated politics.

PRESS RELEASE: Supreme Court Once Again Sides With Wealthy Special Interests

Public Campaign issued a press release today condemning the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock. Earlier this year, the Montana Supreme Court upheld the state’s century-old Corrupt Practices Act that banned direct expenditures in elections for state offices.

2011's Top 10 Money in Politics Stories

At protests across the country Occupiers fought back against a political system that too often looks out for their 1% campaign donors, the supercommittee made influencing-peddling easier for special interests, and the Supreme Court once again sided with big money. Those events and more make up our 2011 list of top money-in-politics stories. 

Check out the full list and if you have your own suggestions for items we left off, leave them in the comments below.

1. Occupy’s Message Delivered

Editorial Coverage of the McComish v. Bennett Supreme Court Decision

Newspapers from all over the country have been opining on Monday's Supreme Court decision in McComish v. Bennett that struck down one provision of some existing Clean Elections systems, while upholding the constitutionality of public financing programs in general.

Here's a round up of editorials so far:

The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorializes on Potential Influx of Corporate Money and Need for Fair Elections Now Act

Yesterday The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an editorial on the pending Supreme Court case that could allow a huge flow of corporate money into our elections and calls on Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pa.) to move forward with the Fair Elections Now Act.

 

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN ACTION FUND PRAISES SOTOMAYOR ON HER CAMPAIGN FINANCE RECORD

Public Campaign Action Fund issued a press release today praising Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, for her campaign finance record.

 

"Judge Sotomayor's positions on campaign finance are squarely in the mainstream of judicial precedent and public opinion," said Nick Nyhart, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund.

 

Million Reasons Why Not

The editorial boards the Washington Post and the New York Times are none too pleased with the Supreme Court ruling against the Millionaire's Amendment provision in BCRA that provided rescue funds to candidates facing wealthy, self-financing opponents. Read on for excerpts from the editorials.

From the Post: