Democratic dudgeon: Nelson, House members blast Supreme Court’s campaign finance rulingby George Bennett | April 2nd, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down limits on the total amount of federal campaign contributions a donor can give, prompting criticism from Democrats.
Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and three Democratic members of Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation slammed the McCutcheon vs. FEC ruling. Donors still cannot give more than $5,200 to a federal candidate ($2,600 for a primary and $2,600 for a general election), but today’s ruling eliminates a federal law that capped overall donations to candidates at $48,600 and limited aggregate donations to political parties and committees at $74,600.
The Democratic dudgeon begins after the jump…
Reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling:
Sen. Bill Nelson: “The most conservative justices on our nation’s High Court have once again sided not with hard-working Americans but this time with the wealthiest of political contributors. As a result, some of our government offices and public policies could end up being bought by the highest bidder.”
Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton: “This terrible decision only compounds the damage of Citizens United and will further erode the American people’s faith in the ability of their elected leaders to stand up against billionaires and special interests. It is a dark day for our democracy when the Supreme Court dramatically increases the influence of the super-rich over our elections and government. We are headed down a dangerous path where the voices of average American citizens are effectively drowned out.”
Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach: “This ruling is Citizens United on steroids, and strikes another blow at campaign finance reform. It gives an unfair advantage to the wealthiest Americans to influence elections. Freedom of Speech should not just be for billionaires.”
Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar: “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a giant step backward for our nation. This ruling doubles down on policies that force elected officials to prioritize fundraising over legislating, and allows a few wealthy donors to overwhelm grassroots campaigns with money for their favored issues and candidates. It will undoubtedly further drown out the voices of ordinary Americans.”