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Supreme Court will hear appeal of campaign donation limits

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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.

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VIDEO: The People's Indictment of Karl Rove

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I'm running late, and slooowww, today, but this jump-started me:

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On June 20, 2012, Nick Nyhart, CEO and President of Public Campaign, Joan Mandle, Executive Director of Democracy Matters, Tracy Leatherberry of Common Cause and others delivered a people's indictment for crimes against our democracy to Karl Rove, American Crossroads, and Crossroads GPS.

Detailing an attempt to subvert and sell our democracy, the indictment was also mic check'd from the street by hundreds of protesters in 100 degree DC heat. The protest was organized by the Campaign for America's Future, OurDC and others who took to the street.

The people demanded Rove cease and desist immediately.

The following actions establish probable cause that crimes against our democracy did in fact occur.

COUNT I: Collusion with secretive groups and state legislatures to keep people from exercising their right to vote;

COUNT II: Conspiracy with billionaires to elect politicians who will do their bidding at the expense of the health and security of the 99 percent;

COUNT III: Engaging in fraudulent use of nonprofit status in order to shield their political activities from public scrutiny;

COUNT IV: Laundering political cash through supposed social welfare groups to deny Americans the knowledge of who is trying to buy their elections;

COUNT V: Silencing the voices of everyday voters by flooding our elections
with corporate money from the 1 percent.

You are hereby commanded to cease and desist from these actions that undermine our democracy and the American dream. Failure to comply may result in citizens' arrest.

Organized by Campaign for America's Future, Rebuild the Dream, People for the American Way, Public Campaign, The Other 98%, Health Care for America Now, Common Cause, Alliance for Justice, Public Citizen, SEIU and others.

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Cartoons of the Day- The Real Emperor

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Via.

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