Judicial Watch Statement on Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Limit to Individuals’ Total Contributions
APRIL 02, 2014
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said:
The Supreme Court has once again vindicated the First Amendment rights of all Americans. Restrictions on political spending are a form of government corruption; they violate Americans’ individual free speech rights in a way that only benefits those self-interested politicians who are trying to shut off public discourse. We applaud today’s ruling.
- Political speech is at the heart of the First Amendment and is entitled to the broadest protection.
- Unlike contributions to candidates, independent expenditures, which are not coordinated with a candidate or campaign, do not pose a danger of corruption or its appearance.
- The Supreme Court has consistently invalidated legislative attempts at limiting or restricting corporate expenditures as violative of First Amendment free speech.