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Larson to SCOTUS: Continue Campaign Contribution Limits

October 9, 2013
Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform, continued calls to the Supreme Court to uphold portions of the "McCain-Feingold" Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 that restrict the total dollar amount of aggregate contributions a donor may make. This week, McCutcheon v. FEC began oral arguments before the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of the current aggregate contribution limits.

"Our electoral system has been weakened by recent Supreme Court decisions that removed restrictions on independent expenditures and flooded our elections with unregulated money." said Larson. "With oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC taking place this week, the Supreme Court will now have to decide to either continue or end the current trend of increasingly lenient regulations on special interests in the electoral process. I continue to call on the Supreme Court to sustain aggregate contribution limits and will be watching this case closely in the coming months."

In July, Larson joined Ranking Member Robert A. Brady (PA-01) of the Committee on House Administration and Ranking Member John Conyers Jr. (MI-13) of the House Judiciary Committee in an Amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold restrictions on the total dollar amount of aggregate contributions a donor may make to candidate committees and other non-candidate political entities, including political parties and PACs.