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Supreme Court Strikes a Blow to Democracy in McCutcheon v. FEC Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC will give the biggest campaign donors even more influence in Washington, according to campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund.

On Wednesday, the Court struck down aggregate contribution limits on donations to candidates.

Statement from David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund:

"The way campaigns are financed is already extremely unfair to everyday Americans, and today, the Supreme Court has once again made it worse.

FIGHT FOR VOTING RIGHTS: Rally at Supreme Court tomorrow

Tomorrow the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Shelby County v. Holder, a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires all or parts of 16 “covered” states with long histories and contemporary records of voting discrimination to seek approval from the federal government for voting changes. The court is questioning whether Section 5 remains a necessary remedy for ongoing discrimination.

ROUND UP: What People Are Saying After Court's Latest Big Money Ruling

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. In the Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, justices argued that because outside expenditures were independent, they could not be corrupting. Montana’s Attorney General, and the Montana Supreme Court, disagreed citing the state’s own history of corruption. Today, in the American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock ruling, the Court overturned state's Supreme Court ruling.

Supreme Court Set to Consider Montana Campaign Finance Case

Scotusblog reports that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the American Tradition Partnership, et al., v. Bullock case on June 14th.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Roberts Court 5's Love Affair with Corporations and Big Money Interests

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of June 27-July 1, 2011.

Roberts Court to Corporations and Big Money Interests: "Have at it!"

The big money Roberts Court has been consistent, you have to give them that. E.J. Dionne has piece today in the Washington Post that brilliantly breaks down the Roberts Court cow-towing to corporate interests and big money in our elections.

Supreme Court Rules in McComish v. Bennett, Foundation of Public Financing Intact

The U.S. Supreme Court just issued it's ruling in McComish v. Bennett, striking down the matching funds provisions prevalent in some public financing programs around the country.

The Court did, however, keep the foundation of public financing laws intact.

Check out our ongoing coverage of the decision at http://www.publicampaign.org/mccomishnews.

Media Coverage of yesterday's Supreme Court McComish v. Bennett Hearing

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in McComish v. Bennett, a case which could have major implications for Fair Elections-style systems all over the country. All the major news outlets covered the hearing, along with newspapers in states where systems are already in place.

PRESS RELEASE: SCOTUS To Hear Arizona Clean Elections Case

Public Campaign issued a press release today in response to the announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear arguments in McComish v. Bennett, the lawsuit aiming to gut Arizona’s successful and popular Clean Elections program.