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How Super PACs and Candidates Legally (and Illegally) Coordinate Their Efforts

In its ruling in the Citizens United case of 2010, the Supreme Court decided that organizations that are wholly independent of candidates could spend unlimited sums of money to influence elections because, in the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy, “independent expenditures do … Continue reading

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The Transpartisan, Grassroots Movement to Overturn Citizens United is Gaining Serious Momentum

In recent years, there have been several top-down attempts to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. That decision, made in 2010, birthed legal entities known as super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited sums of money so long as … Continue reading

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Post-Citizens United, Is Foreign Money Pouring into Our Elections?

Federal law states that foreign governments, corporations, and individuals cannot spend money on elections in the United States. Yet following the Citizens United decision in 2010, some – including President Obama himself – have worried that foreign money could have an easier time influencing American … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Upholds Citizens United Rationale in Vacating Ex-Governor’s Corruption Conviction

In late June, the Supreme Court voted unanimously to vacate the conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, who was found guilty by a jury in 2014 on 11 corruption-related charges. The court has sent the case to the 4th Circuit … Continue reading

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Plutocrats United: The Impact of Citizens United Isn’t Simply About Corruption… It’s About Political Equality

In recent years, few Supreme Court decisions have been as controversial – or as consequential – as the ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, in which the 5-4 majority held that the First Amendment rights of organizations such as … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Set Back Years of Campaign Finance Reform Efforts in Spending Deal

Early Wednesday morning, Congress announced it had reached an agreement on an omnibus spending bill. While much of the 2,009-page document relates to regular budgetary matters, it includes several riders that temporarily prevent the federal bureaucracy from enacting reforms regulating political spending. One … Continue reading

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