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Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation join amicus brief in Americans For Prosperity Foundation v. Xavier Becerra.

Similar to the New York Attorney General, the California Attorney General is demanding that non-profit organization operating in California disclosure the names, addresses and contribution amounts of their most valuable donors to his office. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently enjoined the California Attorney General from imposing the disclosure obligation […]

Capital Gazette: Right Stuff: Freedom of speech should be for all

Last week the legislatures in Indiana and Arkansas passed their own Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA), similar to the laws in 19 other states and the federal government. Indiana’s governor, Mike Pence, was pummeled on national television and Indianapolis became ground zero for protesters. Opponents of Indiana’s RFRA have claimed it will legalize discrimination against […]

U.S.News & World Report: Should There Be Less Disclosure in Campaign Finance?

CU President David Bossie answers the Debate Club question: Campaign Finance Disclosure Is a Burden That Restricts Independent Speech Proponents of disclosure argue that it is necessary to provide important information to voters. In reality, the information provided does little if anything to enlighten a voter. The current disclosure regime requires federal political committees to […]

Seattle Times: A look at the Citizens United decision

A snapshot of the Citizens United v. FEC decision: ….When his case reached the Supreme Court, the conservative justices voiced alarm that the government could restrict such a movie, or perhaps a book, simply because it was paid for with corporate money, and decided to broadly consider the issue of corporate-funded election ads. Chief Justice […]

WSJ: The Super PAC Boomerang

Today’s Wall Street Journal points out “Campaign-finance scolds denounce the system they created”: In the common media wisdom, super PACs are a result of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling. This is said to have created a “loophole” that the super PACs have exploited to evade campaign-finance restrictions on the money that candidates can […]

First Amendment Center: Amendment to undo Citizens United won’t do

Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center effectively tackles the problems with Reps. John Conyers and Donna Edwards’ proposed amendment to overturn our Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC: …Few likely would debate the motive that Conyers and Edwards say is behind the proposed amendment: fair elections, honest government. But good intentions don’t […]

WSJ: Stephen Colbert’s Free Speech Problem

First Amendment attorneys Steve Simpson and Paul Sherman point out the unintentional comedy of Stephen Colbert’s failed attempts to mock Citizens United v. FEC. …”Why does it get so complicated to do this? I mean, this is page after page of legalese,” Mr. Colbert lamented. “All I’m trying to do is affect the 2012 election. […]