April 2nd, 2014
07:05 PM ET
9 years ago

Supreme Court allows more private money in election campaigns

Washington (CNN) - If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can.

The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on how much money people can donate in total in one election season.


Filed under: Campaign finance • Supreme Court
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. g

    The best democracy the rich can buy–no wonder the middle east don,t want it

    April 2, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. S. B. Stein

    Each dollar now seems like a voice; money equals speech per the Roberts court. Now the average person can't afford to run for office.

    April 2, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    So, my fellow Democrats. You see how things are stacked against us. Are you going to sit back on your butts this year and let the GOP take control of both houses? SHAME ON YOU for being too lazy or too busy to vote in 2010. Do you think the Tea Baggers sat out that election? THAT is why we are stuck with Boehner, Ryan and Cantor. WISE UP AND VOTE!!!!!

    April 2, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. TCP/IP

    And Scalia believes in the devil – go figure !

    April 2, 2014 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. ja

    And we call it supreme, it has Lost its bearings, those term should be limited, power intoxicates the average human and they are drunk on power, without regard

    April 2, 2014 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. Scotish mama

    Buying elections are okay. If you have money you can influence any election across the country. Money does talk even if it is not the truth.

    April 2, 2014 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  7. 2020

    Judges may think it is smart to build more casino to finance election. job creation at least.

    April 2, 2014 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  8. Thomas

    America wants politicians like they have in Italy or Russia .


    Clarence Thomas is a king maker .

    April 3, 2014 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  9. Hound Ralph Nader to His Grave . . . He Gave Us This SCOTUS

    Ego maniacal Nader ran against Gore in 2000 and peeled off enough votes to allow Bush to win. That gave us Roberts & Alito on the court which in turn gave us Citizen`s United AND this ruling. The so-called Conservatives will come as close as they can to a "free-market" world where prople sell their votes to the Adelsons` of the world. A true conservative would seek to advance and preserve the democracy power of the common American man and woman, not whittle it away.

    April 3, 2014 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  10. Michael MN

    We all have free speach but now more than ever our politicians will be looking at the size of your check book to see if they will listen

    April 3, 2014 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Our country continues down the path where only the rich will be able to vote, afford to vote or buy favors from elected officials.
    There's a democracy for you. Communism, except for the voting part, is alive and well in the US thanks to the men on the SCOTUS!

    April 3, 2014 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    I think a poster had it right yesterday. While Little Bush did not completely destroy America, his Supreme Court picks will.

    April 3, 2014 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    --that means SC inadvertently said Election can be bought in Democracy. Well, only highway I find is every one get out and vote. Use ticker, FB, LinkedIn etc to support–"Democracy stands–we all stand". God bless. Take your I.d till federal voter law passage.

    April 3, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |

    Hey so called Supreme Court , why don't you just leagelize BRIBERY??????????

    April 3, 2014 07:51 am at 7:51 am |