The Supreme Court today struck down the law limiting campaign finance donations to individual candidates and parties, meaning more money will be funneled into the political system.
Terre Haute lawyer Jim Bopp was lead counsel representing the Republican National Committee, one of the plaintiffs in McCutheon v. Federal Election Committee. Bopp owns a law firm in Terre Haute representing cases for Political Action Committees, candidates, political parties and campaign finance and election law issues. He also argued the Citizens United case before the Supreme Court.
WFIU’s Claire McInerny spoke with Bopp shortly after the Supreme Court issued its opinion.
McInerny: Will you explain a little bit what the Supreme Court issued regarding the limits to campaign contributions?
Bopp: Under federal law, an individual donor is limited in respect to the number of candidates, state parties, PACs and national political parties that they can support with lawful contributions. So the result is we have less money flowing to candidates, PACs and political parties and instead that money goes to super PACs or other third party groups who do independent spending. The result is a less accountable and less transparent system.
McInerny: Going into mid-term elections this year and looking forward to a presidential election in 2016, what are some things we can point to that the average person might notice in terms of a difference in campaigns?
Bopp: The overall affect is gonna be more money spent by candidates and political parties and less money spent by third party advocacy groups like super PACs. If you don’t like super PAC spending, you can’t vote against them, but if you don’t like a candidate’s spending, you can vote against them.