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On the Issues: Citizens United, Campaign Finance, and the Presidential Candidates

A majority of Americans believe that there is too much money in politics, including money spent by “outside groups” – those not affiliated with a campaign – in the run-up to elections. In responding to these concerns, presidential candidates Clinton, Trump, Johnson, … 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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Corruption, Super PACs, and Why the Media Hasn’t Covered Democracy Spring

Twenty-nine seconds: according to Lee Fang and Zaid Jilani of The Intercept, this is how much time cable news networks Fox News and MSNBC devoted to daytime and afternoon TV coverage of the Democracy Spring protests as of April 12. On April 11, when … 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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