The U.S. Supreme Court often has the last word on controversial issues. Now a handful of important cases have been added to the docket for the new term that could have far-reaching consequences
The high court has agreed to take on five new cases, including GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign finance challenge, the Washington Examiner reported. Other important cases pertain to hot-button social issues.
The Texas lawmaker is challenging a $250,000 cap on personal loan reimbursement from political campaigns included in the much-maligned Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. The case, Federal Election Commission v. Ted Cruz For Senate, centers on Cruz’s 2018 re-election bid.
In the hotly-contested race with leftist darling Beto O’Rourke, Cruz lent his campaign $260,000 from his personal funds. After paying off other debts, the campaign reimbursed him for the capped amount leaving a $10,000 shortfall.
Cruz is arguing that this provision “burdens the core First Amendment rights of candidates, committees, and contributors.” Although a lower court ruled in his favor, the Federal Election Commission charged that the lawmaker’s “sole and exclusive motivation” for making the loan knowing it would not be repaid in full “was to establish the factual basis for this challenge.”
Still, Cruz celebrated that win with an eye to winning in the Supreme Court. “Existing FEC rules benefit incumbent politicians and the super wealthy by making it harder for challengers to run for office,” a Cruz spokesman told the Examiner. “We’re confident the Supreme Court will again rule in favor of the First Amendment and free speech.”
Other cases slated to be heard include deciding whether a Christian group seeking to fly its flag at a government building was within its rights. The court will also decide on dealing with art Nazi art theft during World War II as well as a tax dispute by a law firm in North Dakota.
The court has already agreed to hear a criminal justice reform challenge in addition to a challenge to Mississippi legislation that outlaws abortions past 15 weeks. That case is being touted as the linchpin in overturning Roe v. Wade.
These important cases and others may shape the legislative future of the nation. However, it will likely do little to settle the culture wars surrounding these matters regardless of the rulings.