What is the state of elections and campaign finance, six years after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission? In that case, the Court held that corporate funding of independent political communications in campaigns for public office cannot be limited under the First Amendment.
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Since then, the Court also struck down aggregate limits on individual political contributions in a single election cycle. There have also been proposals to overturn Citizen United with a constitutional amendment. And to this point in the 2016 presidential campaign, super PACs and other outside groups have raised nearly $400 million and spent nearly half that amount.
Joining We the People to explore the constitutional landscape after Citizens United and to assess the decision’s impact on the 2016 election are two leading experts on the front lines of the debate.
David Keating is President of the Center for Competitive Politics.
Paul S. Ryan is Deputy Executive Director of the Campaign Legal Center.
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