Patch's Poll: Should the Law Limit an Individual's Total Contributions to Candidates or Political Groups?

The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear a challenge.

An Alabama man's case — which argues that the overall limits on an individual's campaign contributions are too low — is now headed to the Supreme Court, the New York Times reports.

In 2010, the same court ended limits on corporations and unions when it comes to independent campaign spending. The so-called Citizens United case opened the door to the creation of Super PACS, which can spend an unlimited amount of money as long as they don't coordinate directly with a candidate.

This case involves the overall limits on an individual's candidate and group contributions.

According to the Times, it "challenges only aggregate limits — overall caps on contributions to several candidates or committees — and does not directly attack the more familiar basic limits on contributions to individual candidates or committees."

In the Alabama case, the plaintiff argues that the two-year $46,200 limit for contributions to multiple candidates and $70,800 limit for contributions to groups are too low.

Should the law limit the total of what one person can contribute to a wide variety of candidates and groups?

Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Steve Bristol February 21, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Susan You're right about the amount spent being obscene. However, as we have learned--especially over the past four years--as long as some sort of Presidential event was tied in, the President can campaign all he wants AND WE DIRECTLY PAY FOR IT. No challenger stands a chance against that. Even this politics 'junkie' is tired of the never-ending campaigning. Heck, VP Biden gave a campaign speech in the middle of his USNA Commissioning speech to my son's class. Talk about repugnant! It kills me to say this but perhaps Bill Maher was right--one term, 6 years. Maybe not for the same reasons, though. Perhaps even one Senate term, certainly no more than two. Three House terms seems reasonable. State and local elections have become more of a 'vote for me cuz I've been here for awhile.' The one problem we'll never be rid of is the media. I don't think there's ANY answer for that. Steve
JR Smith February 21, 2013 at 02:03 AM
My opinion: an individual citizen should be able to give as much money as they want to whoever or whatever they want. I also believe that corporations and organizations of ALL kinds should be PROHIBITED from financing politicians. The election of Government officials is the business of the people, not companies, banks, special interest groups, etc... we are at a point where casting a vote means almost nothing... it's the money that elects most politicians
JR Smith February 21, 2013 at 02:07 AM
also, I agree with Clemson Tiger that we do need term limits for Reps and Senators... 6 year single term for prez is good too, considering the current true conditions of the political arena... I would also think it good to consider returning to the original practice where there is no VP selection by the candidates, but rather the runner-up assumes the VP office... the current system just creates a two-headed president essentially...
Steve Bristol February 21, 2013 at 02:30 PM
JR The problem with that is how you define contributions by organizations. Go to any decent-sized candidate or agenda rally and you'll see lots of people who were brought in by a group and often paid by that group. You don't have to look hard; they'll proudly proclaim that. In the case of public sector unions, they'll often be on the clock--which means OUR dime. Take it a step further--the media. Look at any major media outlet. They constantly hire high-ranking people from administrations and/or campaigns. Anything that politicians come up with to "solve" the problem will have loopholes built in or rules intentionally omitted. It's the politicians and lawyers who will benefit the most. I believe that our greatest defense against all of this is to learn as much as you can and take nothing at face value. Term limits just changes the faces but it may be the most logical step in the right direction at this point, in my opinion. Steve
melinda tillie February 21, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Six years sounds very good, especially for House and Senate. The Citizens United that says Coporations are people i is way over the line...my opinion.


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