This Saturday, July 14, C-SPAN Radio’s Supreme Court Historic Oral Arguments continues this month’s election issues cases with a 1985 consolidated case about campaign spending and the First Amendment: “ Federal Election Commission and the Democratic Party of the United States, Appellants v. the National Conservative Political Action Committee, Appellees.”
The National Conservative Political Action Committee -- or “NCPAC”-- was accused by both the Democratic Party of the United States and the Federal Election Commission of violating the Federal Election Campaign Act. The Act stipulated that independent political action committees could not spend more than $1,000 to support the election of a presidential candidate. NCPAC sought to spend $25 million to support Ronald Reagan's re-election campaign. This case was decided together with “Democratic Party v. NCPAC”.
The audio and information in this program are courtesy of the Oyez project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at: http://www.oyez.org/