Locals protest campaign finance law changes

Locals protest campaign finance law changes

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Posted on April 3, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 8:50 AM

PORTLAND -- Private political supporters now have the option of making more campaign donations if they want to.

An historic supreme court decision has lifted the limit on the number of candidates and committees that private donors can give money to.

In the McCutchen vs. Federal Election Commission ruling, an Alabama businessman argued that aggregate spending limits were unconstitutional because they limited free speech without serving a legitimate government interest.

Some Portlanders rallied against the high court’s decision Wednesday. They contend that the ruling gives an unfair advantage to candidates who win over big contributors.

“They believe that it's right to allow a small fraction of very wealthy interests to have far more influence on our political system than the average person,” one protester said.

“It shouldn't surprise anybody that our electorate the offices in this country are up for sale,” another protester added.

In 2010, the supreme court ruled in favor of Citizens United, which did away with the ban on corporate spending in elections.

While this week's supreme court ruling allows private donors to give to as many parties and candidates as they want, it still restricts the amount of money they can give to any one candidate during a political cycle.

That amount is still $5,200 dollars.

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