James Buckley feature

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: BUCKLEY, James Lane

Buckley et al. v. Valeo, Secretary of the United States Senate, et al.

By January 30, 1976

Buckley v. Valeo revolves around the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended in 1974, which contained a large variety of restrictions on political campaign giving and spending. Along with Senator James Buckley of New York, various federal officeholders, candidates, and supporting political organizations brought suit against appellees (the Secretary of the Senate, Clerk of the House, Comptroller General, Attorney General, and the Commission) seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against several statutory provisions on various constitutional grounds. The Supreme Court ruled that certain provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1976 violate the First Amendment.