Washington, D.C.—CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement in response to today’s Supreme Court decision of McCutcheon v. FEC:
“It is disheartening that five members of the Supreme Court appear oblivious to the destructive impact of the Court’s campaign finance decisions on our nation’s political system. The notion that an effort to gain influence over or access to elected officials does not constitute corruption is, as the dissent noted, wrong.
“Congressional and presidential candidates spend untold hours wooing prospective donors and listening to their concerns. Just last week a number of Republican presidential hopefuls made the pilgrimage to Las Vegas to pay homage to billionaire Sheldon Adelson in an attempt to win the casino magnate’s financial backing. To protect his business interests, Mr. Adelson is pushing for a ban against online gambling. Does the Court really believe the possibility of winning Mr. Adelson’s largesse will have no influence over candidates’ position on this issue? Not even cloistered jurists can be so naïve.
“Today’s disingenuous decision is – to borrow Justice Roberts’ language – ‘divorced from reality.'”