April 18, 2014 •
RI Board of Elections Votes to Eliminate Aggregate Contribution Limits
On April 16, the Rhode Island Board of Elections voted to support the creation of legislation eliminating aggregate political contribution limits. The vote was in reaction to McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the April 2 U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling aggregate contribution limits unconstitutional.
State law currently prohibits an individual from making contributions of more than $10,000 in the aggregate to more than one candidate, political action committee (PAC), or political party committee or to a combination of candidates, PACs, and political party committees within a calendar year.
According to the Providence Journal, Raymond A. Marcaccio, the board’s lawyer, told the board, “My observation is that [the state law limiting aggregate contributions] will be subject to a constitutional challenge so we should support legislation that would seek [its] repeal.”
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