SCOTUS rules on campaign finance reform





In a 5-4 Supreme Court decision that portends massive changes in campaign finance, corporations will no longer be banned from spending money on presidential or Congressional elections.

The conservative wing of the court, with Anthony Kennedy joining, overruled two long-held precedents in reaching the decision, which said that corporations have the same right to use their own money to fund campaign ads as individuals do.

Kennedy, in his opinion for the majority, wrote that "the Government may regulate corporate political speech through disclaimer and disclosure requirements, but it may not suppress that speech altogether."...

The case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, concerned the right of Citizen’s United, a conservative non-profit corporation, to broadcast “Hillary: The Movie”, a documentary which focused on various scandals that unfolded during President Bill Clinton’s tenure in office, as well as challenging Hillary Clinton's record in the Senate. Citizens United released the movie during the 2008 presidential primary, but was not allowed to air it on cable or on a video on-demand service.


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