Citizens United

TitleCitizens United
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Brinkman, A, Ross, J, Skipper, RB
Corporate AuthorsAssociation of Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published01/2013
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
KeywordsFREEDOM of speech , Government Ethics , POLITICAL science , Public Policy
AbstractThe 2010 Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission further extended the free speech guarantees of the First and Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to corporations and unions. Inter alia, it invalidated section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (a.k.a. the McCain–Feingold Act), thereby allowing unlimited independent political expenditures by corporations and unions using their general funds. Prior to the Citizens United case, these entities could make political contributions, but they had to come from separate segregated funds (i.e., political action committees).
Notes© Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 2013 Case from the February 28, 2013 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
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