My latest piece is up in Pacific Standard magazine.
Here is an excerpt:
Shaun McCutcheon wants to make political donations to federal candidates. Allow me to clarify; McCutcheon wants to make a lot
of political donations to federal candidates. The Republican National
Committee, among others, wants him to be able to do so. So what’s the
Currently, McCutcheon can give $2,600 per election directly to a
federal candidate, a total of $48,600 per election to all federal
candidates, and $74,600 per election to federal political party
committees and political action committees, or PACs, that give money to
federal candidates. Put another away, McCutcheon (and other individuals)
are subject to a $123,200 per election aggregate contribution limit
with respect to candidates, political parties, and PACs. McCutcheon, an electrical engineer living in Alabama, would like to change that. The result is the latest and greatest campaign finance question to hit the high court since Citizens United.