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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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A Spot on the Ballot: Alternative Candidates, the Supreme Court, and the Long Fight for Inclusive Elections

Ballot Access in Historical Context Over the last several decades, the percentage of Americans who self-identify as independents has climbed to above 40 percent while attachment to the Democratic and Republican parties has declined. And in recent months, broad dissatisfaction with the … 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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Debating Birthright Citizenship: From the 14th Amendment to the 2016 Election

After weeks of pressure to release detailed policies regarding his positions on immigration, Donald Trump published a slate of reform ideas. Among these is the call to “end birthright citizenship,” whereby children born in the United States – including those … Continue reading

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2016 Will Make the Strongest Case for Publicly Funded Elections

The 2012 presidential election was certainly the most expensive in American history. President Obama‘s re-election effort cost $1.1 billion, including nearly $700 million spent directly by his campaign. Mitt Romney‘s campaign spent over $400 million, but he received almost $800 million … Continue reading

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Religion and SCOTUS: An Overview of Decisions by the Roberts Court

The Roberts Court, which began in 2005 and has been altered by two replacements — Sonia Sotomayor in 2009 and Elena Kagan in 2010 — has been asked to clarify the precise nature of the church-state relationship on several matters. One topic the court … Continue reading

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