Originally Posted by patteeu
Because the (successful) lawyer can more easily afford his maximum $2000 worth of speech than the grocery bagger. The same argument you used to limit a zillionaire's contribution to $2000 so he couldn't out-influence those of us who can only afford a more modest contribution.
Yep. However, it's much, much easier for the middle- and lower-class to band together organizations and fundraising operations to match the wealthy's attempts to buy the election with $2000 donations. When you cap the limit at something like that, the many can make their voice heard much louder.
When you blow all limits off, then the voices of the many can be snubbed (and are snubbed) in order to secure the favor of a few million-dollar donors that can casually raise absurd amounts of money that the lower classes have to break their backs to match.