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Supreme court ruling could be game changer
Rochester, N.Y. A recent Supreme Court ruling could change the way elections are funded on both a state and federal level.
In a 5 to 4 ruling in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the court struck down a limit on how much money individual donors can give to various candidates in a two-year election cycle.
Now they can give to an unlimited number of candidates, said Dr. Timothy Kneeland, a political science professor at Nazareth College. They cant give more than $2,600, they cant give more than that per individual candidate, but aggregate they can give more to different candidates.
Kneeland said the average person in New York State wont be phased by the ruling, but added wealthier donors could definitely see the overturned rules as a turning point.
Democratic State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle (D) told 13WHAM News he was disappointed by the Supreme Court ruling.
Now someone with a very big amount of money can try and spend on a limitless number of campaigns, he said. I think it means a small group of very wealthy individuals can spread their influence.
In a written statement to 13WHAM News, 25th District House Rep. Louise Slaughter (D) also expressed dismay with the Supreme Courts ruling.
My Democratic colleagues and I have been trying to get money out of politics for years. This is a step in the opposite direction although its not a surprise coming from the Court that gave us the Citizens United decision.
13WHAM News has reached out to several local Republican elected officials for comment on the Supreme Court ruling, but have not yet heard back.