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Supreme Court Backs Ted Cruz in Striking Down Campaign Finance Limit

  • Law curbed use of post-election donations to repay candidates
  • Kagan blasts ruling for bringing ‘further disrepute’ to system
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg
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A divided US Supreme Court struck down a federal restriction on the repayment of candidate loans to their campaigns, ruling in favor of Senator Ted Cruz in a decision blasted in a dissent as bringing “further disrepute” to the country’s political system.

In a 6-3 vote along ideological lines, the justices said the 20-year-old provision violates the Constitution’s free speech guarantee. The restriction, part of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, put a $250,000 cap on repayments made with money donated after the election.