Last week, Rules and Administration Chairman Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said on campaign finance that, “the direction that the court is heading in is just dramatic and just dark .”
But McConnell, who led the fight against the 2002 campaign finance law known as McCain-Feingold and has taken an expansive view of political contributions as being protected by the First Amendment, doesn’t think the $5,200 limit to candidates and candidate committees (counting primary and general elections) will be eliminated on Constitutional grounds.
“We’re very comfortable and have been for many years with contribution limits on gifts to parties and to candidates. As you indicated, Justice (Clarence) Thomas believes that all such limitations are unconstitutional,” McConnell said, referring to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas’ opinion issued in the McCutcheon vs. FEC case, which went further than the controlling opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
“There are some states which allow — Virginia, right across the river, allows unlimited contributions … with full disclosure and rather immediate disclosure,” McConnell said. “My own view is that at this stage people seem to be comfortable with the … limits on individual contributions to party committees and to candidates.”