“Clinton proposes new caps on political donations”


Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is proposing a federal program to match small political campaign donations as a way to dilute the influence of megadonors and unregulated outside money.

Clinton plans to release details of the plan Tuesday. Her campaign provided a preview Monday, as she campaigned in Iowa. Clinton regularly rails against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commissiondecision, born of a conservative group’s outside efforts against her in the 2008 presidential race, which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited sums on independent political activity.

A pledge to try to overturn that decision and appoint Supreme Court justices who support campaign finance limitations is a regular part of Clinton’s stump speech and often gets applause. Yet she also will rely on outside super PACs supporting her for her 2016 bid and has agreed to cooperate by making appearances at some super-PAC events.

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