After a painful one day reprieve in the transcripts, the Supreme Court has graced us with laughter in McCutcheon v. FEC. Thanks to a bad joke from Justice Breyer, with a nice followup by Erin Murphy in heir maiden voyage at the lectern at One First Street.
JUSTICE BREYER: $5,000. So we all have is my $5,000 going to the PAC and there happened to be 400 PACs. So 5,000 times — 4,000. Five times 40, five times 400, how much is that? I’m not too good at math.
MS. MURPHY: Without doing the math, I will tell you that earmarking and proliferation restrictions -
H/T the ever-diligent Michelle Olsen, who actually contacted the reporting company to inquire about the lack of laughter:
— Michelle Olsen (@AppellateDaily) October 8, 2013
Update: And apparently BCRA is spelled “Bicker”
MS. MURPHY: Mr. Chief Justice, and may it please the Court: Bicker’s aggregate contribution limits are an impermissible attempt to equalize the relative ability of individuals to participate in the political process.
H/T Election Law List-Serve