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Supreme Court Sides with Sen. Ted Cruz, Voids Limits on Campaign Loan Repayments

HeadlineMay 17, 2022

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority has sided with Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz in a case challenging a federal anti-bribery law. Writing for the majority in Monday’s 6-3 opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech protects the right of a candidate to use unlimited post-election contributions to repay loans made to their campaign. The federal campaign finance law known as the McCain-Feingold Act previously capped such loans at a quarter-million dollars. In her dissent, Justice Elena Kagan wrote, “The theory of the legislation is easy to grasp. Political contributions that will line a candidate’s own pockets, given after his election to office, pose a special danger of corruption.”

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