Updated October 6, 2013 6:19 PM
Why Limit Political Donations?
Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute
In a free society, people should be able to give whatever they want to whomever they choose, including candidates for public office.
Elizabeth Wydra, Constitutional Accountability Center
Our system of campaign finance “distorts and destroys the intended dependence the framers gave us” by calling on a “tiny slice of America” to raise campaign funds.
Richard L. Hasen, Election Law Blog
The closer the money comes to the hands of members of Congress, the greater the danger of corruption and undue influence of big donors.
Bradley A. Smith, Capital University Law School
While the argument that limits prevent corruption has some intuitive appeal, it is not borne out by the facts.
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy,Assistant Professor at Stetson University College of Law and a Brennan Center Fellow
History shows that doing away with aggregate and individual contribution limits to candidates opens the door to embarrassing quid pro quo corruption.
This week, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission, a case that challenges limits on individual contributions made directly to political candidates. It would expand on the 2010 Citizens United ruling that allows unlimited spending by corporations.
Instead of this piecemeal approach, would it make more sense to just get rid of all limits on political spending, as Senator Mitch McConnell has suggested?