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U.S. Supreme Court Opinion in McCutcheon v FEC Has Language That Could Help Win Ballot Access Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission, issued April 2, 2014, has language that could potentially be cited by plaintiffs in constitutional ballot access lawsuits. The opinion says, “There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders. Citizens can exercise that right in a variety of ways: They can run for office themselves, vote, urge others to vote for a particular candidate, volunteer to work on a campaign, and contribute to a candidate’s campaign.”

Here is a blog post by election law expert Bob Bauer, from his blog MoreSoftMoneyHardLaw.com, which talks about the implications of that paragraph. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.

2 Responses

  1. Joshua H.

    That’ll come back to bite the Democratic and Republican Parties, assuming they can’t bully/bribe all of the judges out there into ignoring it.

  2. Demo Rep

    Sorry – More dicta from the SCOTUS folks who LOVE adding dicta.

    When will they get paid for each letter and space in their opinions about all A to Z stuff ???

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