Larson: SCOTUS Ruling Hands Victory to Ultra-Wealthy Donors, Congress Must Respond
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform, condemned today’s decision by the Supreme Court to remove restrictions on total dollar amounts of aggregate contributions a donor may make in our elections. The decision follows a challenge to current limits in the McCutcheon v. FEC case, heard by the Supreme Court in October of 2013.
“Today, the Supreme Court again moved to hand our elections to the wealthiest among us by allowing political donors the ability to offer the maximum contribution to an unlimited number of federal campaigns.
“At a time when big money donors are gaining steam, we must do all we can to protect and encourage the voices of everyday Americans. That’s why I plan to introduce legislation in the House to fully reverse this latest Supreme Court blunder and reinstate restrictions vital to our electoral process on special interests.”
Last year, Congressman Larson, 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 joined 85 other Members in an Amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court to maintain restrictions on the total dollar amount of aggregate contributions. These include contributions to candidate committees as well as other non-candidate political entities such as political parties or PACs.