Citizens Disunited: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

12 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2014 Last revised: 1 May 2014

Adam Lamparello

University of Cincinnati - College of Law

Date Written: April 5, 2014

Abstract

We have a separate but unequal Constitution. The wealthy are democracy’s darlings, the middle class are its stepchildren, and the poor are its orphans. And the Constitution’s written and unwritten rights are alive for the wealthy, merely evolving for the middle class, and dead for the poor. When wealth leads to “special access and influence,” the ballot box becomes a symbolic, not meaningful, gesture — except for those cast by individuals working in skyscrapers on Fifth Avenue and living in Beverly Hills’ mansions. It is also a recipe for actual and apparent corruption, and it does just as much, if not more, damage to democracy than an outright bribe.

Keywords: constitutional law, McCutcheon v. FEC, Supreme Court, campaign finance reform, First Amendment, judges

JEL Classification: K40, K23

Suggested Citation

Lamparello, Adam, Citizens Disunited: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (April 5, 2014). Indiana L. J. Supplement (2014 Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2420790

Adam Lamparello (Contact Author)

University of Cincinnati - College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040
United States

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