GOP leader Reince Priebus wants to nix campaign donation limits

The chairman of the Republican National Committee is ambivalent about disclosure laws, too


Elias Isquith
April 9, 2014 7:36PM (UTC)

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is very happy with the Supreme Court's recent decision to get rid of caps on aggregate campaign donations, but he'd like to see the court's conservative majority take things even further.

Speaking with right-wing pundit and talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Priebus argued that there should be no limits whatsoever to how much money someone can spend funding political campaigns. "I don’t think we should have caps at all," Priebus said.

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Asked by Hewitt whether the RNC would be interested in joining any future suits to further roll back campaign finance regulations, Priebus was unequivocal. "Absolutely, I would," he said. "And I would look to cases that allow us to raise soft money, and I would look to cases that allow us to raise money for the conventions, and — but disclose it all. That's kind of where I'm at personally."

Yet despite claiming that he'd want to pair lifting all regulations with implementing laws to mandate disclosure of endorsements, so voters have the chance to follow the money and see whose interests politicians may be representing, Priebus sounded a more conflicted note about disclosure later in the same interview.

Citing the example of Brendan Eich, the recently ousted CEO of Mozilla who got into hot water over having donated $1,000 to support California's anti-gay marriage ballot initiative, Proposition 8, Priebus said, "[E]ven [campaign finance rules] that I want to agree with are getting to be very difficult [to support]."

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Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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