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Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Political Donation Cap

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday continued its abolition of limits on election spending, striking down a decades-old cap on the total amount any individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle. Watch Noah Online Watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier Online Watch Rio 2 Online Watch Divergent Online Watch Muppets Most Wanted Online Watch Mr. Peabody & Sherman Online Watch 300 Rise of an Empire Online Watch Need For Speed Online Watch Non Stop Online Watch God’s Not Dead Online Watch The Grand Budapest Hotel Online Watch The Lego Movie Online Watch Son Of God Online Watch Frozen Online Watch That Awkward Moment Online Watch Vampire Academy Online Watch Dom Hemingway Online Watch Oculus Online

The court’s 88-page decision reflected sharply different visions of the meaning of the First Amendment and the role of government in regulating elections, with the majority deeply skeptical of government efforts to control participation in politics, and the minority saying that such oversight was needed to ensure a functioning democracy.

The main opinions spent many pages arguing over the possibility that the basic limits could be circumvented without the overall caps. Justice Breyer gave detailed examples, which Chief Justice Roberts dismissed as speculative and highly implausible. The chief justice added that Congress could address some perceived loopholes through earmark requirements, transfer restrictions, segregated accounts and mandated disclosure, though he did not say that those efforts would pass constitutional muster.

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