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Posted on 04/02/2014

Supreme Court strikes down aggregate FEC limit on campaign contributions

The Supreme Court ruled today that the aggregate ban on federal campaign contributions is unconstitutional.

Prior to today’s ruling, an individual was restricted to donating up to $123,200 to political candidates, political parties, and PACs in a two-year federal election cycle.  This total included a $48,600 limit on donations to candidates for federal office and a $74,600 limit on donations to all PACs and parties.

The Court ruled that the combined limit was a violation of the First Amendment, outweighing the dissenting opinion that the limits were a constitutional means to protect against corruption.

Donors will still be restricted to individual limits to candidates, parties, and PACs, but may now give to an unlimited number of campaigns and other committees.