The Supreme Court voted on McCutcheon v. Federal Election Committee, a first amendment case that will determine how much money an individual can contribute directly to political campaigns.
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By TIME Video
April 4, 2014

In Tuesday’s landmark Supreme Court decision on the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case, the justices lifted the limits on aggregate political contributions.

The campaign finance ruling, which saw the Supreme Court sharply divided with a 5-4 vote, will likely transform the business of politics yet again, pushing even more money into elections. McCutcheon’s case has impressive implications, as TIME’s Sam Frizell explains. A single donor can now theoretically spend up to $3.5 million supporting candidates for the House and Senate, a figure that doesn’t include contributions to political action committees.

Watch TIME’s explanation of who benefits — and who doesn’t — from the ruling.

 

 

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