The one remaining stronghold of campaign reform, in light of the Citizens United decision, has been that direct contributions to candidates remains restricted, that corporations could spend freely in elections but not directly contribute to political parties. In a lawsuit filed last week, as reported by the Washington Post, the Republican National Committee is attempting to overcome even this restriction, allowing the parties themselves to accept unlimited, unaccountable and anonymous donations.
The suit’s goals are to eliminate caps on donations to the central party committees, allowing them to become Super-Duper PACs as it were. With these restrictions lifted, the parties would gain the power of the SuperPAC without the restrictions that prohibit the SuperPAC’s from directly aiding a particular candidate. As it is right now, a donor is limited in the maximum amount he can supply to any particular political party, in order to prevent the laundering of funds to any particular candidate. With these limits removed, the central committee can funnel funds from any number of donors to whichever race it is chosen, unfettered.
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