Bancroft Partner Erin E. Murphy
In her first appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court, Bancroft Partner Erin E. Murphy scored a major win. Murphy, arguing for the appellants in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, No. 12-536, convinced the majority of justices to reverse the limits on the total amount that any individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle.
The 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court ignited a firestorm of publicity around the impact it will have on campaign financing. According to the majority ruling, the aggregate contribution limits imposed by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act violated the First Amendment. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., ruled, “There is no right in our democracy more basic than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.”