In this First Amendment case about campaign finance reform, the Court came to two decisions. First, limits on individual monetary contributions to political candidates were not unconstitutional violations of freedom of speech and association, because of the government’s interest in preventing corruption. On the other hand, limits on the amount of money the candidates themselves could spend were unconstitutional violations of First Amendment rights.
This case touched on constitutional principles including individual rights, political rights, and limits on rights, and civic values including individual efficacy, initiative, and responsibility.
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