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Individuals and Organizations Have a Constitutional Right to Unlimited Spending on Their Own Political Speech
From the Panel
For: FLOYD ABRAMS
- Debating ‘Citizens United’
Floyd Abrams and Burt Neuborne, The Nation, January 13, 2011Was the Supreme Court's infamous decision a desecration, or only what the Constitution requires? A First Amendment scholar and civil liberties advocate debate.
- Big Money, Low Politics and the High Court… An Exchange of Views, Part I
Richard Heffner interviews Floyd Abrams and Burt Neuborne, The Open Mind, December 11, 2010Floyd Abrams and Burt Neuborne discuss Citizens United. Click here for Part II of the discussion.
- Statement of Floyd Abrams Before the Senate Judiciary Committee
Floyd Abrams, Volokh Conspiracy, June 3, 2014Abrams on the proposed constitutional amendment to limit spending on election-related speech.
- Is Citizens United Just Misunderstood?
Justin Elliott, Salon, January 18, 2012Two years after the Supreme Court decision, a lawyer who argued the case says it has been unfairly smeared.
- Ask the Author: Floyd Abrams & His Fighting Faith
Ronald Collins, SCOTUS Blog, May 17, 2013The First Amendment protects speakers as much as it protects speech — regardless of its source.
- The ACLU Approves Limits on Speech
Floyd Abrams, Ira Glasser and Joel Gora, The Wall Street Journal, April 30, 2010The premier First Amendment organization in America now favors limitations on the First Amendment in the area in which all agree it must have its most powerful application—political speech during election campaigns.
- Citizens United and Its Critics
Floyd Abrams, The Yale Law Journal, September 29, 2010A decision of the Supreme Court holding unconstitutional major elements of legislation ostensibly drafted to help take money out of politics was never going to be popular.
For: NADINE STROSSEN
- A Reform That Endangers Free Speech
Nadine Strossen, Ira Glasser, Laura Murpy, The Washington Post, July 6, 1998McCain-Feingold and the First Amendment.
- Strossen Discusses Citizens United, Federal Election Case
Lee Pacchia interviews Nadine Strossen, Bloomberg Politics, January 28, 2010Nadine Strossen talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
- Testimony of ACLU President Nadine Strossen Before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitutional Issues of Campaign Finance Reform Legislation
Nadine Strossen, ACLU, June 12, 2001Campaign finance laws must serve two vital goals: protecting freedom of political speech and association and expanding political opportunity and participation.
- Free Speech and the Roberts Court: The First Amendment in the First Five Years
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, June 18, 2011Panel discussion—Strossen’s remarks begin at 4:12.
Against: BURT NEUBORNE
- Symposium: Welcome to Oligarchs United
Burt Neuborne, SCOTUS Blog, April 3, 2014When the dust from the McCutcheon demolition settles, all that’s left are base contribution limits in a larger campaign finance system where America’s oligarchs can choose between unlimited independent expenditures and unlimited aggregate contributions to buy all the political influence they will ever need.
- Why the ACLU Is Wrong About ‘Citizens United’
Burt Neuborne, The Nation, April 9, 2012A former ACLU attorney points out that corporate spending on political campaigns is not ‘free speech’ deserving First Amendment protection.
- Statement of Persons Who Have Served the American Civil Liberties Union in Leadership Positions Supporting the Constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold Bill
Norman Dorsen, Morton Halperin, Charles Morgan Jr, Aryeh Neier, Burt Neuborne, Jack Pemberton, John Powell, John Shattuck and Melvin Wulf, March 22, 2001The ACLU’s opposition to campaign finance reform in general, and the McCain-Feingold Bill in Particular, is misplaced.
- Money Talks, but Can It Claim the Right of Free Speech? Part I
Richard Heffner interviews Burt Neuborne, The Open Mind, December 11, 2010Burt Neuborne discusses Citizens United. Click here for part II.
- Campaign Finance Reform & the Constitution: A Critical Look at Buckley v. Valeo
Burt Neuborne, The Brennan Center for Justice, 1998The campaign finance system that Buckley created reveals serious deficiencies in the per curiam opinion’s factual assumptions, legal conclusions, and practical consequences.
Against: ZEPHYR TEACHOUT
- The Supreme Court Leaves a Void in Campaign Finance Law
Zephyr Teachout, Washington Post, April 3, 2014Our candidates don’t have to be beggars at the feet of oligarchs.
- Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers interviews Monica Youn and Zephyr Teachout, Bill Moyers Journal, January 29, 2014Teachout and Youn discuss the effects of Citizen United.
- Constitutional Purpose and the Anti-Corruption Principle
Zephyr Teachout, Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Forthcoming, January 22, 2014Should a motivating purpose of the Constitution play a role in constitutional interpretation? If so, what role?
- Enough Is Enough. I Want My Government Back
Zephyr Teachout, The Guardian, October 10, 2013The Supreme Court's campaign finance rulings have made Congress responsive to rich funders, not the public.
- How April in New York Can Change the Country
Zephyr Teachout, Huffington Post, March 4, 2013How we get from candidates raising all their money from one-percenters to candidates raising all their money from $50 donations.
- Facts in Exile: Corruption and Abstraction in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
Zephyr Teachout, Fordham Law School, Winter 2011At a procedural level, the Citizens United decision explicitly diminished the role of facts and narrative in determining what constitutes corruption.
ARTICLES FOR & AGAINST
- Citizens United and the Restoration of the First Amendment
Hans A. von Spakovsky, Heritage Foundation, February 27, 2010The right to engage in free speech--particularly political speech--and the right to freely associate are two of this nation's most important founding principles.
- The Myth of Campaign Finance Reform
Bradley Smith, National Affairs, Winter 2010The century-old effort to constrict the ways our elections are funded has, from the outset, put itself at odds with our constitutional tradition.
- Symposium: The First Amendment’s Protection of Political Speech Extends to Both Donations and Spending
Ilya Shapiro, SCOTUS Blog, April 3, 2014What kind of bizarro world do we live in where a near majority of Justices of the United States Supreme Court criticizes a First Amendment ruling for being overly concerned with “the individual’s right to engage in political speech”?
- Why Buckley v. Valeo Is Basically Right
Eugene Volokh, Symposium on the Federal Election Laws, Arizona State University, based on remarks on February 16, 2001Independent expenditures must remain constitutionally protected; campaign contributions may be restricted. Lots of people on both sides dislike this result, but despite twenty-seven years of criticism, it remains surprisingly persuasive.
- Three Things You Don’t Know About Money in Politics
Trevor Burrus, Cato Institute, April 11, 2014The First Amendment exists to protect political speech of all types, including, and especially, ‘wrong’ speech.
- The Pro-Money Court: How the Roberts Supreme Court Dismantled Campaign Finance Law
David Earley and Avram Billig, Brennan Center for Justice, April 2, 2014The Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. FEC decision further increases the influence of big money in elections. But McCutcheon is just the latest in a long string of cases weakening campaign finance rules.
- The Most Expensive Seat in the House: The State of Our Campaign Finance System
Testimony of Monica Youn, Brennan Center for Justice, April 18, 2012The corrosive effects of super PACs and similar failures of disclosure, coordination, and enforcement policy threaten to undermine the integrity of our electoral officials and the citizens’ faith in our electoral system.
- Fixing Citizens United
Geoffrey Stone, Huffington Post, June 12, 2012Any intelligent person following American politics these days should be deeply distressed by the ever-growing role of big money in our electoral process.
- Don’t Blame ‘Corporate Personhood’
Garrett Epps, The American Prospect, April 16, 2012Citizens United decimated what remained of campaign-finance reform, but the damage has been long in the making.
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