Big Campaign Finance Day Tuesday?

At 9:30 am Eastern Tuesday (when I’ll be driving to work), the Supreme Court is set to issue its latest set of orders. As I explained in this post, there’s a fair chance the Court will agree to hear a case (McCutcheon) raising the question of the constitutionality of aggregate contribution limits (limiting how much an individual can give to federal candidate and party committees in a two year period).

A ruling in this case could have important implications not only on the issue itself, but on the broader question whether the Court will change the standard for judging the constitutionality of limits on contributions, an issue the Court expressly declined to address in Citizens United. It could also lead the Court for the first time to overrule a portion of the key 1976 case, Buckley v. Valeo.

Stay tuned.

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