RNC Chair On SCOTUS Ruling: It’s Not Like ‘Million-Dollar Checks’ Will Go To GOP

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April 2, 2014 1:10 p.m.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is marking Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling cutting down the limits on how much money and how many political candidates donors can give money to as a victory.

“It’s not like people are going to be able to write out million-dollar checks to the Republican Party or to an individual candidate,” Priebus said Wednesday, a few hours after the ruling, in an interview with MSNBC. “All we’re saying is the idea that you have aggregate limits — in other words, you can’t give the full amount to ten candidates running for office around the country, or you can’t give the full amount to the Congressional committee, the Senate committee in the RNC, doesn’t make any sense.”

Priebus’s comments came shortly after the high court handed down the ruling. Priebus also cited the controversial 2010 Citizens United ruling, which allowed corporations, unions, and other groups to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections, in explaining his support for Wednesday’s ruling.

“Look, I don’t disagree with Citizens United,” Preibus continued. “I think it’s a good case. I think that we should all be free and exercise our First Amendment rights. But this is a victory today for people who want to see political parties and candidates on the same playing field or a little bit closer to the same playing field as the First Amendment was intended to allow us to be.”

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