Monthly Archives: February 2013

Citizens United Ruling Part 3

by Barb and Kellye

This is the third in a series of four posts outlining the 7 major questions considered by the Supreme Court in making its Citizens United decision ( Part 1,  Part 2). This post deals with two more of those major questions. One of these questions involves what corruption test should be used to determine whether campaign finance laws are needed to restrict political spending. The other question asks whether the “appearance of political corruption” erodes the public’s confidence in the democratic process. As stated at the beginning of the series, Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion and Justice Stevens the minority opinion.

Be sure to read to the end of this post to find out what the Supreme Court decided to do today. Continue reading

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Citizens United Ruling Part 2

by Barb and Kellye

This is the second part of a series of posts outlining the 7 major questions considered by the Supreme Court in making its Citizens United decision (Part 1). This post deals with two of those major questions. One question involves whether the political speech rights of corporations should be curbed, and the other involves the rights of shareholders when there is disfavored corporate political speech. (Be sure to read to the end of the post; there is a link to an action that each of us can take to help minimize the effect of the Citizens United decision).

Do corporations have the right to unlimited political speech? Continue reading