In what was a review of the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the act’s limits on contributions to political parties.
In 1974, Congress amended federal election campaign laws by limiting the amount that citizens could contribute to political candidates. In Buckley v. Valeo
In 2002, Congress enacted the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act
In a complicated decision of three hudnred pages, however, the Supreme Court voted five to four to uphold the two main provisions of the federal law: the control of soft money and the time regulation on issue adds. On the soft-money issue, Justices Sandra Day O’Connor
The dissenters argued that the majority had erred in not applying a “strict scrutiny” standard to the law. Justice Antonin Scalia
O’Connor, Sandra Day
Speech and press, freedom of
Stevens, John Paul