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NAACP Chafes at Supreme Court's Campaign-Donor Decision

James Wright | 4/3/2014, 8:25 p.m.
Courtesy of supremecourt.gov

The Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to strike down federal limits on campaign contributions drew criticism from the leader of the NAACP as not being in the best interest of democracy.

"This decision allows the wealth and powerful to buy our democracy wholesale," said Lorraine C. Miller, the NAACP's interim president and CEO. "Buying a democracy is the second prong of a two-pronged attack on voter participation. First, powerful and wealthy donors seek to buy as many politicians as they can through enormous contributions."

The court's 5-4 vote removed restrictions on individual donations to candidates, political parties and political action committees.

Miller, a District resident who served as the first female clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, argued that "politicians bankrolled by the donors" push legislation that often goes against the will of voters.

"We must have common sense rules for money in politics to protect the voices of ordinary citizens from being silences by the stranglehold of big money," she said.