Courts Struggle to Draw Constitutional Lines for Political Contribution Disclosure

By | Inside Political Law | June 18, 2013

When the Supreme Court issued Citizens United v. FEC, there was little question that the landscape of campaign finance law shifted.  Much of the aftermath continues to focus on independent spending, contribution limits, and outright contribution bans on corporations and government contractors—restrictions that may have been upended by the notion that Citizens United narrowed the supporting governmental interest to quid pro quo corruption.

Is It Illegal "Pay-to-Play" For a Government Contractor or National Bank to Contribute to a Super PAC?

Is It Illegal "Pay-to-Play" For a Government Contractor or National Bank to Contribute to a Super PAC?

A new complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission yesterday alleging that Chevron USA violated campaign finance laws and corollary “federal pay-to-play” laws by contributing $2.5 million to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Super PAC tied by press reporting and former staffers to House Speaker Boehner.

Recent Appeals Court Decision Could Send Campaign Finance Reformers Back to Drawing Board

By | Inside Political Law | October 25, 2012

A federal appeals court last week dealt a blow to legislative efforts to limit the effects of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.  Following Citizens United, campaign finance reformers attempted to restrain independent corporate political speech by pushing for laws which prohibited corporations from funding independent political advertisements unless shareholders first vote to approve them.

Hey, Immigration Bureaucrats: Corporations Are NOT People!

By | Nation of Immigrators | October 14, 2012
Hey, Immigration Bureaucrats: Corporations Are NOT People!

At least by 1602 with the chartering of the Dutch East India Company, and perhaps as early as the 1300s with the formation of the first colleganza, a rudimentary joint-stock company set up in Venice to share the cost of a trade expedition, human beings and corporations have cohabited the earth.

Montana’s Lesson of the Day: Corporations Are People, Too

By refusing to hear arguments over whether a state can limit campaign spending by corporations, the Supreme Court refused to reconsider its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission on Monday. In a 5-4 ruling, the court struck down a century-old Montana ban on corporate political money. By doing so, the high court held that there is no exception to Citizens United at the state and local level.