Shaun McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission
On April 2, 2014, Bancroft prevailed before the Supreme Court on behalf of Appellants Shaun McCutcheon and the Republican National Committee in the landmark campaign finance case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, 134 S. Ct. 1434 (2014). The Court held that the aggregate contribution limits imposed by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (“BCRA”) violate the First Amendment. While the government argued that BRCA’s aggregate contribution limits were needed to prevent corruption or circumvention of other campaign finance rules, the Court concluded that “the aggregate limits do little, if anything, to address that concern, while seriously restricting participation in the democratic process.” The Court emphasized that the “base limits” on campaign contributions were sufficient to protect against “quid pro quo” corruption, and that the aggregate limits thus imposed unnecessary restrictions on core First Amendment rights. Erin E. Murphy argued the case before the Supreme Court and worked on the briefs.