Campaign Finance Reformers Cheer Court for What It Doesn’t Do

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Sen. Chuck Schumer arrives at a news conference at the Capitol in this March 21, 2012 file photo.

Advocates of stronger campaign finance regulations haven’t had much to cheer about when it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Republican-appointed majority voted, 5-4,  to overturn decades worth of legislation and precedents in its Citizens United decision in 2010, and then last week agreed to look at whether to throw out overall limits on donations to the political parties and candidates, now capped at $123,200.

The high court today, though, declined to hear a challenge to a ban on direct corporate contributions to candidates, gladdening the hearts of those who feared that the justices would further eviscerate campaign finance regulations.

“The court exercised prudence by choosing not to even consider striking down one of the remaining limits on money in politics,” said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch.

Added Tara Malloy, senior counsel for the Campaign Legal Center: “At least today, the court has decided to stay its deregulatory hand.”

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