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Giving Selflessly (Terumah)

What's P'shat?

It’s not often that you find yourself being sued for refusing to accept a donation. That, in essence, is what happened to Secretary of State Francis Valeo in 1976, after Congress passed a series of laws limiting the amount of money that individual citizens (or candidates) could contribute towards election campaigns. The aim of this legislation was simple enough: to prevent the wealthy from wielding disproportionate influence on policies which affect the entire nation. Yet Senator James Buckley—the lead plaintiff in a case that would ultimately reach the Supreme Court—argued that these rules violated donors’ rights to “freedom of speech.” Ultimately, the court agreed with him. In a landmark decision, it ruled:    

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1 Comment

  1. Mike Shriqui says:

    Thanks for the beautiful message Alex.

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