McCutcheon not unconstitutional

Published: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 - 12:04 am
Last Modified: Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014 - 8:22 am

Re "McCutcheon ruling will not open floodgates" (Another View, April 9): This Supreme Court decision on contributions has a simple solution. The donor may contribute as much as they want, but the donation must go to the political party of the candidate, not the candidate or through a PAC. The donor may suggest a candidate, but it is non-binding on the party. It may be distributed at the party's discretion.

This preserves donors' unfettered freedom of speech and money cap. Disputes about how his donation is dispersed is between the donor and the official political party. This proposal may be distasteful to individual donors, corporations, PACS and unions, but it is not unconstitutional.

The official political party discretion is already in place for direct party donations. Now the party can decide not to donate to the suggested candidate because a donor wants to curry favor with a slam dunk election winner who needs little money to win his election.

-- Leonard Lipps, Sacramento

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