American Federal Government SCOTUS Simulation CaseHoward vs. Federal Election CommissionDetails of the CaseIn 2008, Howard Howard, a rich financier donated $2 million to individual congressional candidates, in excess of the $48,600 aggregate limit established by law. After this was discovered, the congressional candidates were forced to give back the donations in excess of the aggregate limit and Mr. Howard was fined by the FEC for contributing more than $48,600 in total.In turn, Mr. Howard sued the Federal Election Commission arguing that his donation of money to political campaigns he supported was protected under his first amendment right to freedom of expression. In limiting Mr. Howard?s ability to ?speak? politically, the law enshrining aggregate limits was unconstitutional and should be struck down.At Issue(1) Whether the aggregate limits is unconstitutional(2) Whether the aggregate limits is too lowThings to Consider-The role of money in political campaigns-The ?leveling of the playing field? between rich and poor Americans-Is donating/spending money a form of ?expression??-Are campaign contribution limits constitutional at all? Can the limit be higher?-Is there a middle ground you could rule on?-What might the effects of a ruling for either side be?!
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