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Campaign Finance Ruling Could Influence Texas Races In 2014, 2016

The High Court’s decision may increase campaign donations from out of state.


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In a five-to-four split, the justices struck down a limit on the aggregate contributions donors can make in a given election cycle. That cap was set at just over $123,000 for 2013 and 2014. The maximum included a limit of roughly $49,000 to all candidates, as well as one on donations to parties and PACS of nearly $75,000.

Josh Blackman teaches constitutional law at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

“One of the things that this aggregate cap did was it made people focus on specific races. But now that these caps are gone, you can have people influencing races all over the country, including in Texas.”

The High Court kept in place limits on individual contributions to specific candidates for Congress or president. Those limits now stand at $2,600 per election. 


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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