NAACP Statement on Supreme Court Lifting Ban on Aggregate Campaign Donations
Posted on April 02, 2014
The Supreme Court struck down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees.
The decision, by a 5-to-4 vote, comes as a sequel to Citizens United, the 2010 decision that struck down limits on independent campaign spending by corporations and unions.
McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission is a complete turn around, harming national efforts to tighten money's role in American politics.
Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President & CEO:
This decision allows the wealthy and powerful to buy our democracy wholesale. Buying a democracy is the second prong of a two-pronged attack on voter participation. First, powerful and wealthy donors seek to buy as many politicians as they can though enormous contributions. Then the politicians bankrolled by the donors advance legislation that will suppress the votes of people who might object. We must have commonsense rules for money in politics to protect the voices of ordinary citizens from being silenced by the stranglehold of big money.
Jotaka Eaddy, NAACP Senior Advisor to the President & CEO and Senior Director for Voting Rights:
Today, the Supreme Court has done the American people and our democracy a tremendous disservice by further opening the floodgates of big money into our elections. This ruling gives millionaires and billionaires a tighter grip of influence on our election process, silencing more and more ordinary Americans at the ballot box. This fight is not over. Those who value democracy will continue to combat the oversized influence of money in politics.
You can read the Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission opinion here.