Citizen United Decision Does Open a Major Loophole for Foreign Interests to Participate in Federal Elections Through Domestic-Controlled Corporations, Congress Needs to Act Quickly to Close the Loophole

Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to enact legislation to correct the problems caused by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The President said that the decision “reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations …

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The Court’s Blow to Democracy; The Supreme Court removes important limits on campaign finance

Today editorials appeared in The New York Times entitled “The Court’s Blow to Democracy” and The Washington Post entitled “The Supreme Court removes important limits on campaign finance.” The New York Times The Court’s Blow to Democracy Editorial January 22, 2010 With a single, disastrous 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has thrust politics back to …

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Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United Case is Disaster for American People and Dark Day for the Court

Destructive Decision Turns Back Clock to 19th Century; Chief Justice Roberts Abandons His Public Commitment to “Judicial Modesty” and “Respect for Precedent” Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer Today’s Supreme Court decision in theCitizens United case is a disaster for the American people and a dark day for the Supreme Court. The decision will …

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The Citizens United Case, Part 7: The Supreme Court and How It Defines “Corruption” in Determining the Constitutionality of Campaign Finance Laws

The Supreme Court is expected to decide the case of Citizens United v. FEC in the coming weeks. At issue in this key campaign finance case is the constitutionality of the ban on the spending of corporate treasury funds to influence federal elections enacted in 1947. (This is Part 7 of a series of releases …

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The Citizens United Case, Part 6 Chief Justice Roberts Faces Unusual Choice: Will He Say “Never Mind”

Chief Justice John Roberts faces a rare, if not unprecedented, choice in the Citizens United case argued before the Supreme Court on September 9, 2009 and awaiting a decision. If Chief Justice Roberts votes in Citizens United to overturn the 2003 Supreme Court decision in McConnell v. Federal Election Commission that upheld restrictions on the …

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Campaign Money And The Chief Justice

On September 19, 2009 a column by Stuart Taylor Jr. appeared in National Journal entitled “Campaign Money And The Chief Justice.” According to the column: The Supreme Court, especially Chief Justice John Roberts, is at a crossroads. The immediate issue is whether to demolish Congress’s overly broad, 62-year-old ban on corporate spending in federal elections …

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The Trial of John Roberts

Yesterday an op-ed by Jeffrey Rosen appeared in The New York Times entitled “The Trial of John Roberts”. Jeffrey Rosen is a law professor at George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. The New York Times The Trial of John Roberts By Jeffrey Rosen September 13, 2009 Four years ago, …

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The Court and Campaign Finance

Today an editorial appeared in The New York Times entitled “The Court and Campaign Finance”. The editorial discusses the argument in the Supreme Court on September 9, 2009 in the Citizens United case. The New York Times The Court and Campaign Finance Editorial September 11, 2009 In the Supreme Court this week, Elena Kagan, the …

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Unprecedented: Watching the Supreme Court make its campaign finance jurisprudence disappear.

Yesterday a column by Dahlia Lithwick appeared in Slate on the Supreme Court oral argument in the Citizens United case. The column is entitled, “Unprecedented: Watching the Supreme Court make its campaign finance jurisprudence disappear.”   Slate Unprecedented: Watching the Supreme Court make its campaign finance jurisprudence disappear. By Dahlia Lithwick September 9, 2009 Early in …

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The Citizens United Case, Part 5: Are Corporations About to Take Over American Politics and Washington Decision-Making?

By Fred Wertheimer President, Democracy 21 The Supreme Court will hear oral argument tomorrow in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The stakes in this case for American politics and Washington decision-making are momentous. The Supreme Court will be considering a question of profound importance for our democracy: is the longstanding ban on corporations spending …

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