Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
Davis v. Federal Election Commission
Jack Davis (P) was a rich candidate for the Democratic Party who was standing for Congress from the 26th Congressional District of New York. He filed against the constitutional standing of the Millionaire’s Amendment, as it was called, an amendment to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, which increases the permissible amount of contributions for a candidate who is contesting against a rival who spends a certain specified amount from his own personal wealth. He sued on the grounds that it was unconstitutional in that it violated the First Amendment as well as the Equal Protection clause which may be read into the Fifth Amendment. The suit was dismissed on both grounds by the district court.
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