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Federal Election Commission v. Beaumont (2003)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 03/25/2003
Decided 6/16/2003
Supreme Court Vote 7-2
IssueWhether certain advocacy groups can contribute to candidates’ campaigns. Currently, only individuals, political action committees, political parties and other campaign committees can give to candidates. More specifically, the issue is whether North Carolina Right to Life and other nonprofit advocacy corporations -- groups that raise money not through business ventures but through donations from supporters -- can make campaign contributions. Such groups have neither business interests nor shareholders.
Majority Opinion Souter, J.
Concurring Opinion Kennedy, J.
Dissenting Opinion Thomas, J.
Certiorari Granted 11/18/2002
Lower Court 4th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling In Beaumont v. Federal Election Commission (2002), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit sustained the First Amendment claim in an opinion authored by C.J. James Harvie Wilkinson with Hiram Widener, J., concurring and dissenting and Roger L. Gr
For Petitioner
Theodore Olson, Solicitor General’s Office

For Respondent
James Bopp, Jr.

News Stories & Commentary
High court backs campaign-contribution limits

Supreme Court to re-examine campaign-contribution limits

Ruling - Lower Court
Beaumont v. Federal Election Commission (2002)

Tony Mauro Analysis
High court appears ready to back ban on corporate contributions

McCain-Feingold backers see hope in high court ruling

Skirmish over campaign contributions sets stage for next big battle

Smith, Bradley, "Campaign Finance Reform: Searching for Corruption in All the Wrong Places" (Cato Supreme Court Review, 2002-2003)

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