The issue of money in elections is set to come back before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall, and Connecticut Congressman John Larson wrote this week that he thinks there should be limits on that amount that individuals can give to political campaigns.
Larson and two other congressmen this week submitted a legal brief to the court, urging it to uphold limits, which have been in place since 2002 but are now being challenged as unfairly limiting political speech.
“In the past few years, several high profile Supreme Court cases have opened the floodgates for special interest money to enter our electoral process by weakening long established regulations on campaign contributions,” Larson said in a statement late Thursday. “This fall, the Supreme Court will have another opportunity to either allow special interests a new avenue in their relentless pursuit to buy-and-sell our elections, or prevent further corruption by upholding contribution limits vital to the integrity of our system.
Election laws currently forbid someone giving more than $48,600 to political candidates within a two-year period, and more than $74,600 to groups that aren’t directly connected to political campaigns.
The case is McCutcheon v. FEC and SCOTUSblog has a good summary of it here. The Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in the case in October.