Over at ACSblog, Ohio State law professor Dan Tokaji argues that it’s time for campaign finance “reformers” to proclaim proudly that “equality,” rather than “corruption,” is the reason they favor restricting political speech:   Acceptance of equality as a rationale won’t make hard questions surrounding campaign finance regulation disappear. It will, however, ensure that we […]

Republicans in Congress have responded to the apparent desire among voters for smaller government with a proposal to eliminate the public financing system for presidential elections. Our friends over at the Center for Competitive Politics present some very compelling reasons for ending the program. As they point out, doing so would save a minimum of […]

Today, Citizens United v. FEC turns one year old. That’s cause for celebration.   As readers of this blog know, in Citizens United the Supreme Court vindicated free-speech rights by holding that the First Amendment prevents the government from banning corporations from spending their money to express their views about candidates for office. The Court’s […]


“People for the American Way” has released a deeply ridiculous video that purports to explain the impact of Citizens United.  The takeaway seems to be that the biggest beneficiaries of the Citizens United ruling are homophobes, anti-Semites and people who want to poison babies (seriously, we aren’t making this up).  Their solution?  Amend the Constitution […]

At a time when proponents of stricter campaign finance regulations continually howl about the increasing costs of political campaigns, you would think that a grassroots political group would be applauded for trying to keep costs down.  But according to a Washington Post story released late last week, the organizers of a write-in campaign for former […]

Linda Greenhouse uses the occasion of congressional Republicans reading the Constitution on the House floor to take a jab at the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC and the constitutional fidelity of its supporters.  Says Greenhouse:   It was just last January, in the Citizens United case, that the court granted corporations a […]

Check out my colleague Bill Maurer’s guest column in the Seattle Times warning the Washington State Legislature not to convert a political scandal into speech-squelching legislation.

Will the new Congress respect free speech, or will its members act like they went to Camp Politics?  Below, check out IJ’s new video of bonus footage not seen in its original Camp Politics video, which explained how politicians learn how to circumvent the First Amendment with campaign finance laws.     More Lessons From […]