RNC Urges Supreme Court to Raise Campaign Donation Limits

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:33 PM

By Dan Weil

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The Republican National Committee is imploring the Supreme Court to boost the ceiling on campaign donations an individual can make in a two-year cycle.

The current limit — $117,000 — violates the First Amendment, the RNC says in its opening brief for a case on the issue that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear in its next term, which begins in October.

If the Supreme Court gets rid of the $117,000 limit, the new top will be more than $3 million, The Hill reports. The $117,000 includes $46,200 to candidate committees and $70,800 to other campaign committees

"The aggregate limits no longer serve any legitimate purpose. They burden the First Amendment rights of individuals without constitutional justification," said James Bopp, lead attorney for the RNC.

"They limit how much money candidates and political parties may receive from individuals, while super PACs and advocacy groups may raise unlimited sums for their political purposes.”

Congress passed campaign contribution limits after the Watergate scandal to prevent more corruption. But restricting donations doesn't serve that purpose, the RNC brief states.

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