The Supreme Court struck down the limits to the number of candidates a person is allowed to give money to and the total amount you are allowed to give. Left standing is the limit a person can give to one candidate–$48,600–but the law had limited total giving to $123,200. That meant that a donor wanting to give the maximum amount could only support nine candidates.
I know that critics of the ruling are claiming that this opens the door to political corruption and gives rich people the opportunity to buy candidates. But are there any constitutional grounds for objecting to this ruling? Aren’t limitations of political activity unconstitutional on the face of it? [Read more…]