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McCutcheon v. FEC

Supreme Court Strikes Down Campaign Finance Limitations


The decision by Chief Justice Roberts, joined by three of his colleagues, left in place limits on donations to individual candidates and political action committees. (Justice Thomas concurred but wrote a separate opinion that would have gone even further to overturn all individual limits on donations.)

What’s at Stake

Striking down aggregate spending limits allows wealthy individuals to play an even greater role in the political process than before and takes away from Congress another tool, previously upheld by the courts, to limit the impact of money on the democratic process.

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McCutcheon v. FEC was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Find cases in which AFL has advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older persons, and filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases. The cases within the drop-down categories below are in alphabetical order for ease of searching.

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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect nearly 20 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four impact areas: Tackling Senior Hunger, Paving the Way to Stable Income, assuring the adequacy and availability of Safe and Afffordable Housing and Reconnecting People to Families and Communities, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.