Buckley v. Valeo (1976)

Sen. James Buckley was lead plaintiff in the case.

Supreme Court Decision.

This comparison case challenged the congressional limits on political donations and campaign spending caps as a violation of free speech. Listen to the audio, and consider these questions.


1. What limits (or the lack thereof) did the Supreme Court rule on in this case?

2. What individuals or groups filed this case? Why do you think the groups were bipartisan?

3. Do you think the Supreme Court made the right decision? What might be some of the consequences of this decision?

4. How does this case compare to the case of Citizens United v. FEC?