AirTalk for October 8, 2013

Should people be allowed to give as much money as they want to political campaigns? (Poll)

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will argue to the Supreme Court that limits on campaign contributions is a violation of free speech rights.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today {TUESDAY} in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which seeks to increase the amount of money people can give to political campaigns. In the 2014 election cycle, that cap is set at $123,200 for individual donors.

The court is granting Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) time during oral argument to present his take: that campaign contribution limits should be scrapped altogether because they violate free speech rights.

Three years ago, the Court ruled 5-4 in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which got rid of the limit on how much a corporation can give to election campaigns. Some observers are characterizing the McCutcheon case as Citizens United 2.0.

How should the Court rule?

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Guests:

Kathay Feng, Executive Director, California Common Cause

Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review

 

 

 


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