Tuesday, June 27, 2006

U.S. Court Strikes Down Limits

Anyone who reads my blog knows I don’t like the idea of campaign contribution limits.

Well, now it looks like I have some company: the United States Supreme Court.

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Vermont’s campaign finance scheme, which included low contribution limits and mandatory expenditure limits, was unconstitutional.

The court ruled Vermont’s contribution limits --- $200-$400 – per election cycle were so low they prevented candidates from amassing the resources necessary to mount effective campaigns and only served to help incumbents.

The court also ruled the expenditure limits infringed on the right to free political speech.

Maybe it’s time somebody here in Canada challenged the federal government’s political contribution limits.

1 comment:

Miles Lunn said...

I would say go for it. It would at least show your organization has some principles rather than being a Harper spinmaster.