So you may have heard about the Supreme Court's recent decision to reverse longstanding limitations that banned corporations from directly contributing financially in elections. It's kind of a big deal.
As reported in the Washington Post, for a few decades now, corporations have been limited to contributing to political action committees, which have set limits of $5,000 per calendar year, and kept corporations away from contributing to a candidate directly. Of course, there are always loopholes: Corporations have a way of strongly suggesting to its rising stars that contributing to a certain campaign would probably be good for the old career. Maybe even those employees' bonuses later in the year will reflect an additional amount of the same sum they contributed. So you've got a few execs writing $5,000 checks to a Political Action Committee. It's disingenuous, but tolerable. The limits for individual campaigns are even narrower: $2,400 per candidate, per election.