Republicans Like Campaign Donor Ruling, Dems Opposed

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The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began a long-shot bid at a constitutional amendment that would limit deep-pocketed political campaign donors' influence.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began a long-shot bid at a constitutional amendment that would limit deep-pocketed political campaign donors’ influence. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans call the Supreme Court’s latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it’s more like a win for the super-rich.

Either way, it’s likely to benefit the two major political parties and their candidates for Congress, who are now able to seek donations from deep-pocketed contributors who can give more without running afoul of the law.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says Wednesday’s court ruling makes it clear that it is the right of the individual to determine how many candidates and parties to support, and not up to Congress to decide.

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says the court’s conservative majority is behaving as if it made it a strategy to decide how best to implement a Republican agenda, and then went ahead.

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