Why the law can’t trump the power of money in American politics.
After the Other Shoe Drops
When the Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. FEC last fall, holding that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend money in candidate elections, analysts were divided over how much the case was going to affect U.S. elections. Writing in the July/August issue of The American Interest (as part of its extensive coverage of […]
What the Court Did—and Why
Since 1976, when the Supreme Court decided the seminal case of Buckley v. Valeo, the Justices have been locked in what both sides see as a Manichean struggle over the constitutionality of campaign finance regulation. On one side are those Justices who view the world of politics as fraught with corruption and undue access for […]