April 2, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising a Supreme Court decision to strike down aggregate donation limits that in 2012 disallowed more than $117,000 in donations to candidates and party committees every two years:
“While the court’s ruling did not strike down the base donation limits, it is a step in the right direction to removing restrictions on campaign donations that strike at the heart of First Amendment protections of political speech. The maximum gift total has in the past denied late blooming candidates from access to the finances necessary to maximize their chances of victory because donors were already maxed out. But more importantly, aggregate limits most certainly restrict how much speech occurs in federal election campaigns by and thus cannot squared with First Amendment protections.”
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