Republicans call the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it is more like a win for the super rich.
On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2014_04_03_324_20741_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Wednesday</a>, Jessica Levinson, who teaches Campaign Finance seminars at Loyola University in Los Angeles, explained what the decision means.
“It used to be that if you were running for office, I was limited in how much I could directly give you. And I still am,” Levinson said. “This morning I was also limited in how much I could give total to everyone running for, let’s say, city council or state legislature in Utah.
“Now what the Supreme Court has said is ‘no, you can give essentially up to the maximum amount of contribution limits to as many candidates as you want.'”
Levinson said she sees the ruling as another step in the eroding of campaign laws.