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The Supreme Court Revisits Campaign Finance Restrictions


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The U.S. Supreme Court
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The U.S. Supreme Court

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that some experts predict could have an even bigger impact than the Citizens United ruling from 2010, which eliminated the ban on corporate spending in elections. The ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission could determine whether or not the government can limit individual donations to federal candidates. We'll talk about the case, the role of money in politics, and the rise of "Leadership PACs," fundraising committees that critics say are being used as unregulated personal "slush funds" for legislators.

Host: Rachael Myrow

Guests:

  • Jim Sutton, professor of law at Hastings College of Law and founder of the Sutton Law Firm, which specializes in political and election law and litigation
  • Josh Gerstein, senior White House reporter for Politico
  • Peter Schweizer, author of "Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets"
  • Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics and OpenSecrets.org, which tracks federal campaign contributions and lobbying activity

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