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Citizens United v. FEC (2010)
Transcript of Citizens United v. FEC (2010)
Tom Mantia Mike Venturella Citizens United Mission statement- “Citizens United is an organization dedicated to restoring our government to citizens' control. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grass roots organization, Citizens United seeks to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. Citizens United's goal is to restore the founding fathers' vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens.” Spreading The Word The Citizens United organization reaches out to the citizens of the United States through commercials on TV, web advertisements, documentaries shown all across America. What is the FEC? In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) - the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections. What is citizens united? A conservative non-profit organization that dedicates themselves to restoring the government to the citizens. Ruling The United States District Court denied this and said that his statement was false and that the restrictions that the BCRA has are constitutional. 5 votes for Citizens United, 4 votes against.
Section 203- not unconstitutional-
Section’s 201 and 203- are not unconstitutional Decision Roberts Court in 2010
It upheld the First Amendment rights of individuals acting through corporations and labor unions to participate in our political process, and it struck down an oppressive thicket of statutes restricting - and even criminalizing - their political speech. Summary If a group or party is supportive of a candidate they have restrictions on how much they can spend and can’t spend unlimited money. But if a group or party is not supportive or linked to a candidate then that candidate is not restricted and can spend as much as they want. Issue Citizens United wanted to ban the use of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act in the movie “Hillary” The movie is about whether or not Senator Hillary Clinton would make a good president or not. Citizens United argued that the restriction’s that BCRA puts on communications to the public violates the First Amendment and that these restrictions are unconstitutional.
BCRA- prohibiting the political parties and commits from raising or spending any funds that are not subjected to federal limits.