Congressman Ben Ray Luján Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Donations

Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today after a 5 to 4 Supreme Court ruling struck down limits on the total combined amount an individual can give to political campaigns and PACs.

“Once again the Supreme Court has struck a blow to our efforts to get money out of politics, and reinforces the importance of passing comprehensive reform that limits the ability of individuals, special interest groups, and corporations to spend endless amounts of money in an effort to unduly influence elections.

“Combined with the decision in Citizens United to allow unlimited spending by special interest groups and corporations, today’s ruling by the Supreme Court only serves to increase the opportunities for the richest in our country to have an outsized impact while drowning out the voices of the rest of the American people.

“I have cosponsored the DISCLOSE Act, legislation which increases transparency so that corporations and interest groups cannot hide their donors, a Constitutional amendment to overturn the decision in Citizens United, and legislation to provide public financing of Congressional elections. I will continue my efforts to restore accountability and transparency while removing the flood of money in the electoral process.”