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Statement of American Bar Association President James R. Silkenat re U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC

Statement of American Bar Association President James R. Silkenat re U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 – The vast amount of money flowing through our campaign system has contributed to the public’s deep and growing cynicism about the integrity of our electoral process. Federal and state lawmakers have long recognized this concern by enacting reasonable campaign finance laws that provide transparency and limit campaign donations.

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon v. FEC dismantled a key component of our current campaign finance framework by abolishing aggregate campaign contribution limits, which will result in significant additional money pouring into the system and is bound to increase the public’s concern over undue influence in governmental decision-making. In light of this development, it will be critical to ensure that this additional money is not used in a way that circumvents other contribution limits still in place and to ensure full and timely disclosure of all federal campaign contributions and expenditures. These actions will make our democracy more viable and strengthen our citizens' faith and trust in government. 

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