On This Day: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court issued their ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The case centered around a non-profit organization seeking to advertise a film about Hilary Clinton. These advertisements were prohibited by Federal election law. Based on First Amendment arguments, the Court ruled in a 5-4 decision in favor of Citizens United. The ruling prohibited the government from restricting non-profits and businesses from independently spending money in an election.

Background of Citizens United v. FEC

Prior to the ruling in 2010, David Savage, Supreme Court Reporter for the Los Angeles Times, discussed the background of the Citizens United case. He talked about the events that lead up to the case which questioned campaign finance laws.

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