How McCutcheon has already changed campaign finance, in 1 chart

Remember back in April when the Supreme Court struck down the total contribution limit for individual donors?

Well, lots (and lots) of wealthy individuals have taken advantage of their new freedom to give to as many candidates as they like -- all while staying within the federal contribution limits to each of those candidates. According to the WaPo's indispensable Matea Gold: "More than 300 donors have seized the opportunity, writing checks at such a furious pace that they have exceeded the old limit of $123,200 for this election cycle, according to campaign finance data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research organization."

The donors who have already exceeded the limit that McCutcheon wiped away have donated a total of $11.6 million more than they would have been able to before the Court ruling.  Those contributions have gone to Republicans by a two-to-one margin.  The chart below -- built by WaPo's Kennedy Elliott -- details the changes post-McCutcheon.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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