U.S. Supreme Court
Jeffrey Toobin looks beyond the recent McCutcheon decision to see what could be in store next for campaign contribution regulations. He notes that this case leaves the door wide open for more deregulation in the future.
Three Dozen National Organizations Call for Congress to Act in Response to McCutcheon v FEC decision
Washington, D.C.—Thirty-eight national good government, civil rights, environmental, and labor organizations released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC:
"The Supreme Court has once again sided with the wealthy and powerful and against the vast majority of Americans. Today’s McCutcheon v. FEC decision makes it more important than ever that Congress move forward on legislation to lift up the voices of those unable to write big campaign checks.
Kurt Walters, research and policy analyst for Public Campaign Action Fund, was a recent guest on Brooklyn radio show Sex and Politics as it covered "The Uncertain Future of Election Finance Reform." Kurt and the show's staff had a broad ranging discussion covering everything from the recent oral arguments for the McCutcheon v.
Recent U.S. Supreme Court cases have left our campaign finance system in need of repair. The court opened the floodgates to corporate money in Citizens United v. FEC, and is currently considering overturning the aggregate contribution limits in McCutcheon v. FEC.
Justice Scalia was really being Justice Scalia yesterday at oral arguments for the challenge to Section 5: he called it "perpetuation of a racial entitlement" that Congress would never overturn because the name of the bill sounded nice. Sotomayor fired back to the lawyer: "Do you think the right to vote is a racial entitlement in Section 5?"
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.
Demos' Vice President of Policy & Outreach Heather McGhee, who serves on the Public Campaign Board of Directors, appeared on MSNBC's "Now With Alex Witt" and discussed yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, which sought to maintain Montana's 100 year old ban on corporate campaign giving.
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.
Scotusblog reports that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the American Tradition Partnership, et al., v. Bullock case on June 14th.
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
High court backs foreign contribution ban
Hey, the U.S. Supreme Court got something right! They affirmed a lower court ruling keeping the ban on foreign nationals from donating money to candidates in place.
- Read Rick Hasen's take: http://electionlawblog.org/?p=27557