Melissa Laurenza Article on SCOTUS Campaign Finance Decision Published by MCC

The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel has published “Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision Invalidates Aggregate Limits,” an article by Akin Gump senior political law counsel Melissa Laurenza on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.

The article notes that, in “the most consequential campaign finance decision since the landmark 2010 Citizens United ruling,“ the Court “invalidated the aggregate limits restricting the total contributions individual donors could make to candidates, political action committees and political party committees in a two-year election cycle (“Aggregate Limits”).”

Laurenza writes that at issue in McCutcheon was the constitutionality of Aggregate Limits, and, in fact, the Court found that these limits were invalid under the First Amendment. She concludes, “While the decision does not impact contribution limits to specific candidates, political party committees or political action committees, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission significantly increases the ability of individual donors to contribute to a wide-reaching number of political committees.”

The article began as a policy alert that can be read in its entirety here.