Citizens United: A Congressional Opportunity

Law360, New York (March 12, 2010, 12:23 PM EST) -- A difficult but potentially soluble problem regarding the influence of public corporations having large capital concentrations arises from the Supreme Court’s recent decision on campaign finance laws and the opinion’s explicit recognition of political free speech for corporate organizations in Citizens United.

The McCain Feingold law was a small, ineffective and often symbolic step to control the influence of enormous dollars in federal political campaigns. By its terms, it exempted “media companies” yet barred effective participation by other business corporations, unions and citizens organized for political...
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