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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Citizens United v Federal Election Commission Case (US)

United States [us]

Robert A Sedler

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 January 2022

Electoral oversight — Campaign finance

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1. In Citizens United v Federal Election Commission (558 US 310, 2010), the Supreme Court of the United States (the Court) held that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of corporations and labour unions to use corporate and union funds to make expenditures on behalf of political candidates (political candidates and campaigns). Although the decision is highly controversial and was subject to sharp criticism by many academic commentators and others, it is fully consistent with First Amendment doctrine and with the Court’s...
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