The Constitutional Right That Big Corporations Should Have But Do Not Want

In an age of much sharp political division and incipient populism, it is easy to raise emotional flags by asking the question of whether corporations should have some of the same rights as individuals. In this article, Richard A. Epstein examines the many questions that swirl around the Citizens United decision in order to expose […]

Filed Under: External Relations Sub-Pages, First Amendment, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate speech, corporations, First Amendment, First Amendment, Jurisprudence & Litigation, First Amendment, Jurisprudence & Litigation

Disclosures about Disclosure

In this article, Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer takes an interesting look at the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC. He notes that while the Court lifted a longstanding ban on corporations and unions, who wish to engage in election related spending, the Court left questions pertaining to disclosure and disclaimer provisions related to independent expenditures unanswered. Mayer attempts to discover whether or not existing disclosure and disclaimer rules result in better informed voters and addresses the extent to which existing current requirements result in potential retaliation from political opponents. As the virtues of disclosure and disclaimers are too often unquestioned, he suggests that further research should be done in order to determine whether or not current policies are accomplishing their stated objectives. Given the recent reaffirmation of fundamental speech rights in Citizens United, Mayer advocates that disclosure and disclaimer rules should be designed to encourage greater political participation and assist voters in making better ballot-box initiatives.

Filed Under: Research, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

After Citizens United

In this law review article, Michael S. Kang analyzes the trends in the Supreme Court’s rulings on campaign finance cases in light of the landmark decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Kang argues that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s views are driving the direction of the Roberts Court towards a narrower justification for government regulation of campaign […]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, External Relations Sub-Pages, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Issues, Research, Super PACs, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First Amendment, super PACs, Supreme Court, First Amendment, Independent Speech, First Amendment, Independent Speech

Amicus Brief: Citizens United v. FEC

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Filed Under: Citizens United v. FEC, Completed Amicus Briefs, Legal, Legal Center, amicus brief, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Amicus Briefs, Citizens United v. FEC, Completed Cases (Amicus), Amicus Briefs, Completed Cases (Amicus)

District Court’s Order on SpeechNow.org’s Request for a Preliminary Injunction

District Court’s Order on SpeechNow.org’s Request for a Preliminary Injunction.

Filed Under: Legal, Legal Center, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, non-profits, SpeechNow, super PACs, Completed Cases (Litigation), Completed Cases (Opinions), Litigation, Opinions