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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The Citizens United Case, Part 4: Key Points Made in Briefs Supporting the Ban on Corporate Expenditures in Campaigns

This background memo on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is Part 4 of a series of Democracy 21 releases on the case. It summarizes key points made in briefs to the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the federal ban on corporate expenditures in campaigns, and on why the Court’s decisions in Austin and …

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The Citizens United Case: An Historic Moment for Our Democracy and the Supreme Court, Part 2

Excerpts on Core Judicial Principles Applicable to the Case from Briefs Filed by U.S. Solicitor General and by Congressional Sponsors of Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 On September 9, 2009, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The case raises a question of central importance for our …

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Supreme Court to Consider Citizens United Case Next Month, Amicus Briefs Due Today: An Historic Moment for Our Democracy and the Supreme Court, Part 1

On September 9, 2009, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The parties filed briefs in the case last week and amicus briefs were required to be filed by today. “At stake for the country in the Citizens United case is whether the sixty-year old …

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