Hoosier Leads Case to Supreme Court

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October 7, 2013 — A Hoosier attorney is taking a case to the United States Supreme Court this week.

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears a morning case about campaign finance, Terre Haute attorney Jim Bopp will make the Republican National Committee’s arguments.

He’s lead counsel on the case that challenges whether the government can limit the donor amount an individual can give to political candidates.

Bopp says it should not be allowed to do so, “We have base contribution limits already that limit what you can give.  For instance, it’s $2,600 to a candidate.  That takes care of any concern of quid pro quo corruption. Beyond that, you have to say, ‘What’s the reason?'”

In a two-year period, individuals can give up to a total of $48,600 to political candidates. Limits are also set for donations to political parties and political action committees.

Government attorneys argue those caps help level the playing field.

In 2010, Bopp successfully argued the Citizens United case, which prohibits the government from restricting corporate political donations.

Since Bopp argued the Citizens United Case three years ago, only one Supreme Court justice has changed. Justice John Paul Stevens—largely considered a liberal member of the court—has been replaced by President Barack Obama appointee Elena Kagan.


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