House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and a handful of other Virginia lawmakers have formed the latest “super joint” — a Joint Fundraising Committee. The rise of joint fundraising committees was expected after the Supreme Court’s decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case, which eliminated aggretate limits on campaign contributions.
Individuals can now give to as many candidates and party committees as they would like. As Sunlight pointed out after the Supreme Court released its decision, this makes it possible “for a single donor to contribute more than $3.5 million to one party during an election cycle.”
The Virginia Redistricting Defense Fund will collect contributions for the committees of Virginia Republican representatives Rob Whittman, Scott Rigell, Robert Hurt, Randy Forbes, Bob Goodlatte, and Morgan Griffith as well as Cantor. Individuals wishing to give the maximum contribution to all seven members for their primary and general election contests could write the committee a single check for $36,400.
Our previous coverage has already suggested the previous biggest spenders most likely to contribute to such “super joints.”