In a victory for Sen. Ted Cruz, the Supreme Court overturned a campaign funding rule.

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday overturned a 20-year-old campaign financing cap aimed at reducing political corruption, giving Republican Sen. Ted Cruz a victory.

Caps on a candidate’s use of campaign contributions to return a personal loan to his or her campaign violate the First Amendment freedom to engage in political speech, according to Chief Justice John Roberts, who was supported by five other conservative judges in his judgement.

In 2018, one day before the election, Cruz loaned his reelection campaign $260,000. Because the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 set a $250,000 cap and imposed a rigorous 20-day post-election grace period for campaign contributions, he was unable to retrieve the full sum from campaign coffers after the election.

“This restriction on the use of post-election funds raises the likelihood that candidate loans of more than $250,000 will not be fully repaid, discouraging candidates from taking out such loans in the first place,” Roberts said.

“The First Amendment’s greatest and most urgent applicability directly to the conduct of political campaigns,” Roberts wrote, citing a 1971 court ruling. “It protects a candidate’s ability to use personal cash to support campaign speech, allowing him to’speak without legislative limitation on behalf of his own candidacy.'”

“As we’ve stated, this broad protection reflects our deep national commitment to the notion that debate on public matters should be free, robust, and wide-open,” Roberts concluded. “By intent and effect, this clause disadvantages candidates who desire to use personal loans to make expenses on behalf of their own candidacy.”

Cruz will now be able to lawfully retrieve the remaining $10,000.

In a dissent supported by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer, Justice Elena Kagan lambasted the ruling as a blow to public integrity, opening the door to political self-enrichment.

“Political contributions that will go straight to a candidate’s pocket after he is elected to office are especially prone to corruption. The candidate has a stronger than normal desire in getting the money (to replenish his personal resources) and is now in a position to repay the favour “she penned “The contributors are well aware of his predicament and willing to take advantage of it. In other words, everyone’s incentives are stacked against them, increasing the likelihood of dirty dealing.”

“At the absolute least, even if no criminal exchange occurs,” Kagan noted, “the public would reliably see corruption in post-election contributions that directly enrich an officeholder.” “To protect against these dangers, Congress adopted Section 304. By overturning the legislation today, the Court gives the green light to all the heinous deals Congress considered it was necessary to end.”

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