Michael Steele -AP PhotoThe Supreme Court Tuesday rejected a Republican National Committee challenge to the ban on unregulated “soft money’’ contributions and spending, dashing Republican hopes of overturning the law in time to impact the 2010 elections.
The Court issued a 6-3 summary ruling Tuesday in RNC v. Federal Election Commission with only Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy and Clarence Thomas voting to hear the GOP's appeal.
The RNC partnered with chairman Michael Steele, the California Republican party and the San Diego Republican party to appeal the soft money ban established by the 2002 campaign finance law. That ban prevented corporations, unions, wealthy individuals and other entities from making unlimited donations to the national parties.
Republicans had hoped that the recent U.S. v. Citizens United case would bolster their argument. They protested that the soft money ban violates their First Amendment rights for specific spending on activities not directly related to federal elections such as registering new voters and supporting ballot measures in California.Read More »from Supreme Court backs soft money ban over RNC protest