Once again, the Supreme Court has ruled that some financial limits on political contributions violate free speech rights.
In a 5-4 ruling, the high court said donors can give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, and threw out the current $123,000 overall limit on contributions from individuals.
Contributions limits to individual candidates of $2,600 per primary or general election for presidential or congressional candidates remain.
“Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the First Amendment vigorously protects,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority opinion.
Justice Stephen Breyer criticized the ruling in a dissent in which he said the court’s conservatives have “eviscerated our nation’s campaign finance laws.”
Hours after the ruling, Massachusetts stopped enforcing state limits on overall contributions to state, county and local candidates.
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