Election-Related Case Law

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Citizens United v. FCC – Citizens United v. FCC is a 2010 constitutional law case dealing with the regulation of political campaign spending by organizations. In the case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment of the Constitution prohibits the government from restricting independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation. The idea that infringement on political spending is infringement on First Amendment-protected free speech has also been applied to other groups, such as corporations and and labor unions. Critics have said the Citizens United decision allows individuals and groups to give unlimited amounts of money for political campaigns – something myriad groups has said is a threat to fair elections.


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