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Supreme Court Decision Could Lead to Free for All Fight for Campaign Cash

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A U.S. Supreme Court decision could forever change how you donate to your favorite political candidate. The question before the court is whether current caps on how much an individual can donate to political candidates are Constitutional. It comes less than 4 years after another landmark case about campaign finance, Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission. David Bossie is the President of Citizens United, a group that put together a film which criticized Hillary Clinton. When campaign finance rules prohibited them from running it close to the election, they fought it and eventually won, in a decision that declared when it comes to free speech, corporations are people. Since the 2010 election cycle, Citizens United has spent more than $7 million on political candidates and causes.

The current case, McCutcheon vs. the Federal Election Commission, looks at an individual's right to donate to candidates. Right now the limit is 2600 per candidate and a maximum of 48,600, which means the most candidates a person could give to is 18 per election cycle. Shaun McCutcheon, an Alabama businessman, wants to change that, so there are no limits on the number of candidates an individual can give to. Critics say the laws were put in place just after the Watergate scandal to prevent corruption and promote transparency. Government Accountability Institute's Peter Schweizer says who donates how much is not the real issue.

What comes out of the McCutcheon case could forever change the amount of money you can donate and the amount of money donated to influence the political process.

A decision on the McCutcheon case is expected sometime early next year.

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