Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Political Contribution Limits
02 April 2014Government Relations Alert
On April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court, in McCutcheon v. FEC, issued a ruling striking down the aggregate limits on individual campaign contributions under the Federal Election Campaign Act. By a 5-4 decision, the court found the restrictions to be a violation of First Amendment rights. Prior to April 2 decision, individuals could contribute up to US$48,600.00 to all political candidates and US$74,600.00 to all political action committees and parties over a two-year election cycle period. Also, individuals were limited to a total of US$123,200.00 per election cycle to all candidates, political action committees, and party committees. The Supreme Court’s April 2 decision strikes these limitations. There is no limit on the number of political candidates, political action committees, and parties to whom an individual may contribute.