Wednesday, April 02, 2014


[The majority's] conclusion rests upon its own, not a record-based, view of the facts.  Its legal analysis is faulty: It misconstrues the nature of the competing constitutional interests at stake.  It understates the importance of protecting the political integrity of our governmental institutions.  It creates a loophole that will allow a single individual to contribute millions of dollars to a political party or to a candidate's campaign. Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm'n, today's decision eviscerates our Nation's campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.

-- Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in his dissent on McCutcheon v FEC, who was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, 2 April 2014

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