Constitutionality of Caps on Political DonationsBuy Full Issue$34.95
In 1971, in response to concerns about the corrupting influence of money on Federal political campaigns, Congress passed the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), which imposed disclosure requirements on candidates and established the Federal Election Commission (FEC). In 1974, the law was amended to place limits on the amount that individuals could donate to candidates and the amount that those candidates could spend in their races.
The law was challenged in Court, and in 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Buckley v. Valeo decision, which struck down mandatory candidate spending limits as violat…Buy Full Issue$34.95
In This Issue
Campaign Finance, Abortion Protests, and Recess Appointments on the Docket
Overview of Federal Legislation and Supreme Court Rulings
Decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
The Justices Weigh in on Political Contribution Limits
Pro & Con
Is the Federal Limit on Total Contributions to Political Candidates and Committees Unconstitutional?