Prof. Levinson publishes op-eds on McCutcheon campaign finance ruling
Professor Jessica Levinson published op-eds in The Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee on the McCutcheon v. FEC ruling. In addition, The Wire featured her op-ed in their "Five Best Thursday Columns" story.
Excerpt from her op-ed, "Supreme Court ruling: As if we don't have enough money in politics already," in The Los Angeles Times:
Thank you, Supreme Court. Before your decision Wednesday in McCutcheon vs. FEC, Americans were confined to giving a measly total of $48,600 in campaign contributions to federal candidates (enough for about nine candidates) and a total of $74,600 to political action committees. That means individuals were subject to aggregate contributions limits totaling a mere $123,200.
Of course, individuals could, and still can, give unlimited sums to independent groups, such as so-called super PACs and other nonprofit corporations. Much of this giving remains undisclosed. For instance, super PACs such as Restore Our Future, American Crossroads, Priorities USA Action and others spent almost $830 million in the 2012 election. Talk about constraints on one's ability to participate in our electoral processes.
Levinson has also discussed the Supreme Court ruling extensively on the air: