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    Justices strike down political donor limits

    Justices strike down political donor limits - CNN.com

    (CNN) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down current limits on the total amount individual donors can make to political campaigns.
    At issue is whether those regulations in the Federal Election Campaign Act violate the First Amendment rights of contributors.

    The 5-4 ruling could have an immediate impact on November's congressional midterm elections, and add another layer of high-stakes spending in the crowded political arena.

    File this under "duh", although you can never be quite sure with this Supreme Court.

    The fact that it's 5-4 is astounding. That "four" don't even think you should have to present a valid ID to vote, but they want to tell valid voters what to do with their money.

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    Re: Justices strike down political donor limits

    In reference to politics I pray we never limit the 1st amendment

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    Re: Justices strike down political donor limits

    The SCOTUS system is very very very broken and needs more checks and balances. When the highest court in the nation, for which there is no appeal, is pretty much dictated by 9 people that almost always vote along ideological lines and not objective word of law that is a problem and not justice. The fact that most can predict the outcome will be 4-4 with the 1 "middle" person dictating the rulings points to how broken and unjust the SCOTUS system is. Just stack the court with libs/cons (common presidential tactic) and have whatever agenda you want approved of, letter of the law be damned.

    Rant aside, I support the ruling.
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    Re: Justices strike down political donor limits

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
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    File this under "duh", although you can never be quite sure with this Supreme Court.

    The fact that it's 5-4 is astounding. That "four" don't even think you should have to present a valid ID to vote, but they want to tell valid voters what to do with their money.
    When did "the four" justices tell you what to do with your money? Nonsence.


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    Re: Justices strike down political donor limits

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
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    File this under "duh", although you can never be quite sure with this Supreme Court.

    The fact that it's 5-4 is astounding. That "four" don't even think you should have to present a valid ID to vote, but they want to tell valid voters what to do with their money.
    Awesome. It's not corruption if it's legal, I guess.

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    Re: Justices strike down political donor limits

    As long as they are forced to disclose, i dont have a problem.

    At least we'll know who our politicians belong to.
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    Re: Justices strike down political donor limits

    Quote Originally Posted by 1750Texan View Post
    When did "the four" justices tell you what to do with your money? Nonsence.
    The fact they didn't want to uphold the first amendment says that they should have the right to tell you want to do with your money.
    that fact is if someone wants to waste 10k giving it to a politician then let them waste their 10k.

    that is their 1st amendment right of free speech, yet 4 justices voted against it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by What if...? View Post
    As long as they are forced to disclose, i dont have a problem.

    At least we'll know who our politicians belong to.
    This i agree they should have to disclose who gives them over that amount of money.

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    Re: Justices strike down political donor limits

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
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    File this under "duh", although you can never be quite sure with this Supreme Court.

    The fact that it's 5-4 is astounding. That "four" don't even think you should have to present a valid ID to vote, but they want to tell valid voters what to do with their money.
    Terrible...

    The reason we HAD limits was so that candidates would not be beholden to individuals.

    EG. Sheldon Adelson is a casino mogul. He is strongly against online gambling because it cuts into his profit margins. He's only going to fund candidates who oppose online gambling. Now watch, GOP candidates will move to oppose online gambling.

    Similar things are going to happen with the Democrats.

    It's funny, the so called "originalists" are among the most activist judges in American history.

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    Re: Justices strike down political donor limits

    Quote Originally Posted by ludin View Post
    The fact they didn't want to uphold the first amendment says that they should have the right to tell you want to do with your money.
    that fact is if someone wants to waste 10k giving it to a politician then let them waste their 10k.

    that is their 1st amendment right of free speech, yet 4 justices voted against it.
    That was not the question before the court. FEC regulations on donations exist and have been ruled constituional. This is a specific limit. The court ruled on the constitutionality of that limit...not for or against free speech.

    By your logic, all the other donation limitaions that are constitutional are for free speech.


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