Will the court soon have to reconsider its decision in Citizens United?

In Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, the Supreme Court overturned part of that law as inconsistent with the freedom of speech clause of the First Amendment, but never directly addressed the issue over whether restrictions on the spending of foreign nationals in the American political process can be regulated.

Does the Constitution treat corporations as “persons”?

In a continuing series of posts, Lyle Denniston provides responses based on the Constitution and its history to public statements about the meaning of the Constitution  and what duties it imposes or rights its protects. Today’s topic: corporate personhood. The constitutional claim: “Corporations are people, my friend….Of course they are…Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to […]

Constitution Check: Does the Constitution shield S&P’s downward rating of U.S. credit?

A congressional committee held a hearing July 27 on the slow pace of government moves to write new rules to govern the credit rating agencies like Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch Ratings.  This was shortly before S&P downgraded the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+, sending financial tremors around the globe. The constitutional […]