Fear-Driven Jurisprudence: McCutcheon and Unlimited Campaign Contributions as Mechanisms for Entrenching White Supremacy

30 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2015

See all articles by Matthew Reid Krell

Matthew Reid Krell

University of Alabama - Department of Political Science

Date Written: January 5, 2015

Abstract

The United States Supreme Court, in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, eliminated the authority of the FEC to limit the aggregate donations made by individuals. Now, a donor’s total giving was limited only by a) the limit on the amount they could give to a single candidate, and b) the number of candidates they chose to give to. This paper attempts to analyze patterns of donor giving to determine if the McCutcheon decision has had a crowding-out effect on minority dollars. It then places this decision in a critical context, suggesting that the decision is the new, more respectable, less overt version of Jim Crow - a law designed to ensure that white supremacy, in political and economic terms, remains the law of the land, even as Americans of European descent become a numerical minority.

Keywords: Supreme Court, campaign finance, McCutcheon v. FEC, Citizens United, white supremacy

Suggested Citation

Krell, Matthew Reid, Fear-Driven Jurisprudence: McCutcheon and Unlimited Campaign Contributions as Mechanisms for Entrenching White Supremacy (January 5, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2545716 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2545716

Matthew Reid Krell (Contact Author)

University of Alabama - Department of Political Science ( email )

Box 870213
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0213
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
30
Abstract Views
277
PlumX Metrics