The Supreme Court on Wednesday released its decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the blockbuster money-in-politics case of the current term. The court's five conservative justices all agreed that the so-called aggregate limit on the amount of money a donor can give to candidates, political action committees, and political parties is unconstitutional. In a separate opinion, conservative justice Clarence Thomas went even further, calling on the court to overrule Buckley v. Valeo, the 1976 decision that concluded it was constitutional to limit contributions to candidates.
In their dissent, the court's four liberal justices called their
colleagues' logic "faulty" and said it "misconstrues the nature of the
competing constitutional interests at stake." The dissent continues,
"Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, today's
decision eviscerates our Nation's campaign finance laws, leaving a
remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic
legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve."