Roll Call columnist Eliza Newlin Carney, who coined the term “Super PAC,” has written a column titled “Some Super PAC Money Untraceable.”  The column discusses the findings of a report titled “Auctioning Democracy,” released by Demos and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund.   As Carney reports, “Since 2010, 6.4 percent of the itemized contributions underwriting […]

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne has been complaining about Citizens United v. FEC since before Citizens United was decided. In his latest attack on that ruling, Dionne argues that the decision doesn’t work “if you think we are a democracy and not a plutocracy.”  As famed First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams notes in a response, […]

On Monday night, President Barack Obama announced that he is giving his blessing to Priorities USA, a Super PAC supporting his reelection.  Campaign manager Jim Messina, writing at the Obama campaign’s official blog in a post titled “We Will Not Play by Two Sets of Rules,” declares that the change in position is a necessary […]

Most of the popular arguments against the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC boil down to two sound bites: “Money isn’t speech” and “Corporations aren’t people.” Both of these statements are obviously true. But neither has anything to do with whether political spending—even spending by corporations—is protected by the First Amendment.   […]

Slate’s U.S. Supreme Court commentator Dahlia Lithwick has written a paean to Stephen Colbert and his satirical Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.  As Lithwick sees it, the members of the Citizens United majority are getting their just deserts, as Colbert uses his Super PAC to attack a decision that contributed to the […]

Last Tuesday, many so-called “Super PACs” for the first time disclosed their donors to the Federal Election Commission. But as proponents of campaign finance laws savor this newly released data—and whinge over how long it took for them to get it—here’s one thing you won’t hear them admit: We would have had this information weeks […]

Professor Jeffrey Rosen has written an attack on Citizens United v. FEC that attempts to transform the progressive complaints against the case into the main reason for the loss of “Americans’ confidence in their political system.” Rosen presents no evidence for this assertion, of course, perhaps because none exists. The Pew Charitable Trust’s recent poll […]

Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.  To mark the occasion, the Institute for Justice has released public statements defending that ruling and defending the rise of so-called “Super PACs” as a means for people to pool their resources to speak out about political candidates: […]

Rebecca Rosen of The Atlantic reports that Microsoft has joined with Nike and other for-profit corporations to advocate for gay marriage in Washington State:   In a week of tech industry protests about censorship, one company—Microsoft—is lending its voice to a different political cause: gay marriage.   It has joined with five other businesses (Vulcan, […]

Writing for The Atlantic, Wendy Kaminer has a must-read takedown of the efforts by Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and his opponent, professor Elizabeth Warren, to keep third-party groups from speaking out against their candidacies.  Here’s a snippet:   Warren apparently wants the press to help silence outside groups. According to the Boston Globe, she has […]