McCutcheon v. FEC was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court today, a follow through on a 2010 ruling according to a Grand Valley State University professor.
Roger Moiles in GVSU's Political Science Department reminded WOOD Radio that the "Citizens United" ruling was also a 5-4 decision, allowing trade unions, associations and corporations to give freely in support of their views. "The parties and actors line up pretty much as we might expect." There will be disclosure laws that impact giving to candidates and political parties as outlined in today's McCutcheon decision.
Moiles said national politics is shaped by candidates who tend toward the extreme views of the two major parties and "we don't have very many moderate members of Congress, and they're the ones who are the deal makers." The affiliate professor said with the framework political giving takes based on this ruling "it's just another way that this is going to increase the cost of elections."