Headline RoundupMay 16th, 2022

Supreme Court Sides With Ted Cruz in Campaign Finance Case

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The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in his challenge to a federal law that limits how political campaigns can repay candidates' loans.

The law in question, which was a part of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act that was passed in 2002, placed a $250,000 cap on postelection contributions that campaigns are able to repay candidates for personal loans. Cruz directly challenged the rule by loaning his campaign $260,000 before his 2018 election and sued the FEC in 2019 for not being repaid the final $10,000. Writing for a 6-3 majority, Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that the limitation on repaying loans "burdens core political speech without proper justification." He also added that "quid pro quo" corruption or its appearance should be the sole reason to set campaign finance limits.

Left-rated outlets painted Cruz's court win as "a huge boon to rich candidates and moneyed lobbyists" and emphasized how they can now "raise as much as they want." Conversely, right-rated outlets framed the decision as "a win for free speech" and "fairly straight forward." Update 5/17/22 11:32 AM ET: Specified that "quid pro quo" corruption was singled out by the court.

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