Burt Neuborne is one of the nations foremost civil liberties lawyers, teachers, and scholars. He is the Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties and the founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Neuborne has served as national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, special counsel to the National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund, and member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. He challenged the constitutionality of the Vietnam War, worked on the Pentagon Papers case, and anchored the ACLUs legal program during the Reagan years. At the Brennan Center, he has concentrated on campaign finance reform and efforts to reform the democratic process. His book, Madisons Music: On Reading the First Amendment, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2014.
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When the dust from the McCutcheon demolition settles, all thats left are base contribution limits in a larger campaign finance system where Americas oligarchs can choose between unlimited independent expenditures and unlimited aggregate contributions to buy all the political influence they will ever need.
A former ACLU attorney points out that corporate spending on political campaigns is not free speech deserving First Amendment protection.
The ACLUs opposition to campaign finance reform in general, and the McCain-Feingold Bill in Particular, is misplaced.
Burt Neuborne discusses Citizens United. Click .
The campaign finance system that Buckley created reveals serious deficiencies in the per curiam opinions factual assumptions, legal conclusions, and practical consequences.