Supreme Court Overturns Individual Aggregate Limits
On April 2, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of an appeal by Shaun McCutcheon of a US District Court ruling that upheld the FEC aggregate limits. This action overturned the ruling and eliminated the biennial aggregate limits on an individual donor’s contributions. Previously, in addition to meeting the per candidate, per election limit of $2,600 (2013-2014), an individual was also required to meet a three-pronged biennial aggregate limit. The two-year limit was $123,200 for the 2013-2014 cycle, with the direct candidate contribution portion capped at $48,600. While this decision does not change the per candidate, per election limit of $2,600, the overall cap has been eliminated and individuals are able to give the $2,600 maximum contribution to as many federal candidates as they wish.