Legal Alert - United States Supreme Court Invalidates Aggregate Contribution Limits In Federal Campaign Finance Law
by Michael T. Liburdi and Adam E. Lang
Today the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, invalidating federal statutory aggregate limits on the amount of money that an individual may contribute to all federal candidates and federal committees. Prior to the Court’s decision, federal law imposed a maximum contribution limit from an individual contributor at $48,600 to federal candidates, and at a total of $74,600 to other federal political committees, such as political parties and political action committees. The constitutionality of individual contribution limit for federal candidates, which is a combined $5,200 for the primary and general elections, was not before the Court.