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June 21, 2012

Jessica Levinson Summary Judgments Blog.jpg By Visiting Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson

This op-ed originally appeared on Politico.

As election 2012 progresses, there's continuing hubbub about the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, which paved the way for super PACs. Proponents of campaign-finance laws see the ruling as opening the floodgates for unlimited, often undisclosed, money to overwhelm our political system. Opponents view it as a victory of free speech over government regulation.

Where does the truth lie? While super PACs may be "speaking" up a storm, it's now difficult to hear anyone else. That can't be good in a representative democracy, which has long prided itself on protecting free speech.

A quick tour through the campaign-finance law landscape demonstrates there is much to be concerned about -- unless you're a wealthy donor or well-funded corporation.

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May 21, 2012

Jessica Levinson Summary Judgments Blog.jpgVisiting Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson's latest law review article, "We the Corporations?: The Constitutionality of Limitations on Corporate Electoral Speech After Citizens United," was cited in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock.

The issue in the case is whether Montana must follow the Court's holding in Citizens United, which struck down a federal ban on corporate electioneering communications.

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