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On January 21, 2009, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The Court struck down as inconsistent with the First Amendment a provision of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act regarding independent expenditures by corporations that the FEC had said would forbid the airing of advertisements about a documentary about Hillary Clinton that Citizens United sought to air during the 2008 primary season.
To discuss this case, we have the Director of the Election Law Program at the Ohio State University Moritz College, Professor Edward B. Foley, and the Josiah H. Blackmore II & Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law at Capital University Law School, Professor Bradley A. Smith. To moderate the discussion, we have Supreme Court advocate and Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group Executive Committee member Erik S. Jaffe.