Thursday, June 26, 2008

SC Votes Against "Millionaire Amendment"

The US Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the so-called "millionaire's amendment" of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, saying it violated free-speech protections.

In a 5-to-4 ruling, the high court said Congress cannot use federal election laws to disadvantage candidates who choose to use their own money to run for a seat in Congress.

The idea behind the law was to prevent a wealthy candidate from using massive personal spending in a campaign to drown out the voices of other candidates. It was also intended to counter the impression that seats in Congress can be purchased. - Christian Science Monitor

The playing field naturally becomes uneven if a candidate is wealthy, but is it okay to restrict them because of that? This must have been one hell of a tough decision for the Court.

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