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Supreme Court will hear appeal of campaign donation limits



Time to start praying or whatever your wont is.

Three years after the landmark Citizens United decision that dramatically changed campaign finance laws, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will take up another campaign finance case challenging how much donors can give to campaigns and committees.

The court will hear McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which deals with the constitutionality of aggregate contribution limits, in October. Shaun McCutcheon, an Alabama resident, contributed a total of $33,088 to 16 different candidates during the 2012 election cycle and thousands more to party committees. He wanted his total contributions for the cycle to total $75,000 to party committees and $54,400 to candidates but was barred from giving at that level by federal aggregate limits.

The Republican National Committee and McCutcheon challenged the FEC’s contribution limits under the First Amendment, saying the $46,200 aggregate limit for candidates and $70,800 limit for committees was “unsupported by any cognizable government interest … at any level of review.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the limits.


Quickie- LGBT donors back President Obama, big time


Kinda obvious, but nice to know.

(CNN) -- After President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, a group organizing a fundraiser on his behalf suddenly had to find a bigger venue. The event, featuring the pop singer Pink, is one of two LGBT-organized fundraisers Obama is expected to attend on the West Coast on Wednesday.

A CNN analysis of President Obama's biggest fundraisers, known as bundlers, shows that at least 33 -- or about one in every 16 bundlers -- is openly gay. Together, they have raised at least $8 million for the campaign between January and the end of March.

By contrast, in the same period, bundlers from the television, movie and music industry, some of whom attended a recent high-profile fundraiser hosted by actor George Clooney, raised $6.8 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.


Mitt Romney raising less Utah money this election cycle


Yeah, let's discuss that "lack of enthusiasm" thing, shall we?

Washington • Five years ago, Orem’s Heidi Hanseen DeRoest forked over $1,300 to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. This time around, the GOP front-runner’s camp has repeatedly asked for a donation, but she hasn’t broken out her checkbook — yet.

"I’m still a big supporter of him," DeRoest says. "I wanted to wait and see if he had a chance before I put a lot more money down. I figured he had enough money to get him started and if he needed more money in the end, I might pitch in."

More than 5,000 Utahns who whipped out their wallets in 2008 to support Romney’s first presidential bid are now holding on to their money.

Blame it on the economic downturn, the emergence of "super PACs" or second-run complacency, but Romney has pulled $2 million less from the Beehive State for his current bid — even as the former Massachusetts governor looks more and more like the Republican nominee-in-waiting.

In short, his donations from Utahns have gone down — at least so far — even as his prospects for winning the White House have shot up.

In 2008, Utahns tossed Romney about $5.5 million, more than every state but California. And while Romney still attracts big-time backing from Utah — where many residents share his Mormon faith — it hasn’t been the free-flowing ATM that the candidate saw before.


SarahPAC: With time running out before Sarah's decision, send cash!


Funny, but when I went to the site, there's a page with a host of teabagger candidates that she supports, and links to their twitter and FB pages, but no link to donate to them. Whowouldthunk" Grifter applies more and more each day.

Alaska Republican Sarah Palin is “on the verge of making her decision of whether or not to run for office” – and her backers should write a check right away, a letter from her political action committee says.

The Sept. 20 letter from SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford says: “It’s one of the most difficult and important decisions of her life. And I want her to know that she has our support.”

It also notes the donations could be used to support other conservative candidates. “Send your best, one-time gift to SarahPAC today,” it says.