New documents: Kavanaugh has ‘constitutional problems’ with campaign finance regulation

New documents: Kavanaugh has ‘constitutional problems’ with campaign finance regulation
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh believes there are "constitutional problems" with limits on campaign contributions to political candidates, according to documents released as part of his Supreme Court nomination process.

The documents, which come from Kavanaugh's time as a lawyer for the Bush administration, detail Kavanaugh's belief that there are constitutional issues with the cap on individual donations to candidates, currently set at $2,700.


"I have heard very few people say that the limits on contributions to candidates are unconstitutional, although I for one tend to think those limits have some constitutional problems," the nominee wrote in a March 2002 email, CNN reported Saturday.

No other information on Kavanaugh's views on campaign contributions was immediately mentioned in the emails, though experts expect questions on the topic to be raised during Kavanaugh's upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, set to begin Tuesday.

"If he were to take that position as a Supreme Court justice he would be voting to overturn long-established precedent," Fred Wertheimer, director of the campaign finance watchdog group Democracy 21, told CNN.

"The rationale for candidate contribution limits is that they prevent corruption -- if Kavanaugh were to oppose contribution limits, he would be willing to open the door to massive corruption of our elected officials," he added.

Steve Vladeck, a legal analyst for the network and University of Texas professor, told CNN that Kavanaugh's views suggest he would go "farther" than previous courts to strike down limits on campaign donations. Kavanaugh has not commented.

"[T]hese emails suggest that he'd go farther in striking down these regulations than the court has to date. It's hard to imagine this not becoming a point of some contention at next week's confirmation hearing," Vladeck said.

Kavanaugh is set to be introduced by several high-profile Republicans at his hearing Tuesday, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Ohio Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTrump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong 10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable GOP braces for impeachment brawl MORE (R).

He was nominated by Trump to the court in July to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement.