FEC approves joint contributions from same-sex couples

The Federal Election Commission voted unanimously today to treat political contributions from legally married same-sex couples the same as heterosexual married couples.

Under current FEC rules, married couples can donate up to $10,400 to a federal candidate while an individual can donate $5,200. The FEC issued an advisory opinion in April stating that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prohibited same-sex couples from jointly contributing to federal candidates.

However, the Commission reviewed its opinion following the Supreme Court's June ruling on DOMA at the request of the National Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Daniel Winslow, a Masschusetts state representative and former candidate for U.S. Senate.

Read more about today's ruling here.

Keywords: DOMA, FEC, joint, contribution

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