Campaign contribution caps at issue at high court

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON The Supreme Court is tackling a challenge to limits on contributions by the biggest individual givers to political campaigns.

The case being argued at the high court Tuesday is a test of the court's readiness to take its most aggressive swipe at campaign finance laws since its Citizens United decision in 2010 took the lid off independent spending by corporations and labor unions.

Supporters of campaign finance laws say the case poses a threat to the contribution limits that Congress first enacted in 1974, in the wake of Watergate abuses.

Republican activist Shaun McCutcheon of Hoover, Ala., the national Republican Party and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky want the court to overturn the overall limits on what contributors may give in a two-year federal election cycle.


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