Supreme Court Super-Sizes Influence of Big Donors, Sidelines Small Businesses

Ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC enshrines pay-to-play politics as “new normal”

Washington, DC – In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling today in McCutcheon v. FEC, in which the Court struck down aggregate contribution limits that capped the amount a single donor could give to federal candidates, parties and PACs, the Main Street Alliance released the following statement from network director Amanda Ballantyne:

“The Court’s decision to strike down aggregate contribution limits is bad news for America’s small businesses. It super-sizes the influence of elite donors and enshrines pay-to-play politics as the ‘new normal.’ This will lead to a government that is less and less representative of small business owners – and anyone else who can’t buy their way into the elite donor club.

“Real small business owners know big money in politics is not their friend. The McCutcheon ruling will allow elite donors to give more than $3.5 million to candidates, parties and committees in a single election cycle. How many real small business owners can afford to do that? I haven’t met one yet.

“Small business owners believe in earning loyalty from customers, not buying it from candidates. We believe success in business should be based on a deep commitment to serving customers – not on who has the deepest pockets to buy influence. “Unfortunately, it appears that the majority in the Supreme Court cares more about big business CEOs and other elite donors than it does about the interests of America’s small businesses.”


The Main Street Alliance is a network of state and locally based small business coalitions. The Main Street Alliance and its state affiliates create opportunities for small business owners to speak for themselves on issues that impact their businesses and local economies.


CONTACT: Joshua Welter, (206) 383-1857,