Federal Aggregate Biennial Contribution Limits At Issue in Latest Supreme Court Case

    20 February 2013

    On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the biennial aggregate contribution limits applicable to individuals under federal law in McCutcheon, et al. v. FEC.  The biennial aggregate contribution limits apply for a two-year election cycle and limit the overall amount an individual may contribute during that time period to all federal candidates, political party committees, and political action committees combined.  It also provides for sub-limits concerning how much an individual may contribute to all federal candidates, and how much an individual may contribute to all political party committees and political action committees.  The per committee contribution limits for candidates committees, political party committees and political action committees are not being challenged in this case.

    The Federal Election Commission’s summary of the litigation can be found here.

    Below is a list of articles discussing the latest campaign finance case accepted by the Roberts Court:

    New York Times

    Roll Call

    Washington Post

    Election Law Blog

    SCOTUSblog