"The arms race for money that drives our campaigns threatens the concept of one person, one vote."
In a ruling released this week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the overall contribution limit to federal candidates, political parties, and political action committees (PACs). The McCutcheon v. FEC ruling increases the role wealthy individuals play in financing federal elections.
Take aways from coalition partners on the McCutcheon decision:
“Regarding the McCutcheon decision at the US Supreme Court today — This is another Roberts Court ruling that protects political spending by wealthy donors as central to their First Amendment right to free speech. Unfortunately, the Court does not provide the same protection to a citizen’s First Amendment right expressed through voicing their choice and casting a ballot. The Court has ruled that it’s fine to impose many barriers to legitimate voters but it’s unconstitutional to restrict spending by big donors. This bias in favor of wealthy elites and corporations is undermining decades of previous court decisions that recognized the corrupting influence of big money not only on individual politicians but on the public’s confidence in a fair and free election system. North Carolina 2014 elections are already being polluted with anonymous, misleading advertisements paid by Court-sanctioned money; the Court has opened another pathway that helps self-interested donors at the expense of voters and the public interest.
“Political inequality and organized greed got a boost from the Supreme Court that will cost working people and our democracy dearly.
“To paraphrase the legendary union and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph, justice is never given; it is exacted and the struggle must be continuous.
“Today’s ruling in McCutcheon makes clear that, in our battle against organized greed, working people cannot count on the Supreme Court to deliver justice.
“We must organize workers throughout the South and across the nation and create a movement broad, diverse, and strong enough to save our democracy and our economy from plutocracy and decline.