Back to the Future: FEC Issues Regulations for Citizens United

By | Political Law Briefing | March 11, 2015
In January 2010 –  as almost everyone already knows by now – the Supreme Court struck down major portions of campaign finance laws, allowing corporations to make independent expenditures in support of, or opposition to, candidates for federal office. View Full Post
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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. View Full Post
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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. View Full Post
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Hey, Immigration Bureaucrats: Corporations Are NOT People!

By | Nation of Immigrators | October 14, 2012
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. View Full Post
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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. View Full Post
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