On Tuesday, October 8, the Supreme Court heard a campaign finance case that challenges the limit on the total amount of money one individual can contribute in each election cycle.
In McCutcheon versus Federal Election Commission, the Republican National Committee and one of its wealthy donors, Shaun McCutcheon, urged the court to strike down total contribution restrictions, calling them a violation of the First Amendment.
The contribution limits were born out of the Watergate scandal era in the 1970s. Currently, individuals can contribute up to $123,000 every two-year election cycle. If the Court strikes down the limits, individuals would be able to donate more than $3.6 million to candidates and political parties every two years.