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James v. FEC Follows McCutcheon Precedent

On remand from the Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia aligned its judgment in James v. FEC with the high court’s opinion in McCutcheon, declaring that the biennial aggregate limit on an individual’s contributions to federal candidates and their authorized committees is unconstitutional.

In October 2012, the district court dismissed Virginia James’ suit, which had been before the court at the same time as McCutcheon. D.D.C. Civ. No. 12-1034.

Following its ruling in McCutcheon, the Supreme Court vacated the district court’s decision in Jamesand ordered the lower court to reconsider. U.S. Supreme Court No. 12-683.

(Posted 5/06/2014; By: Alex Knott)

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