Political Free Speech

Roberts: Scene at State of Union "Very Troubling"

Andrew Roth - March 11th, 2010

Reagan's Legacy Lives On…

Andrew Roth - February 10th, 2010

From the LA Times:

All five justices who made up the majority in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision were appointed by President Reagan or worked as lawyers in his administration.
 

HT: Steve Bartin

3 Reasons Not To Sweat The "Citizens United" SCOTUS Ruling

Andrew Roth - February 03rd, 2010

ACLU: Don't Do It!

David Keating - January 28th, 2010

After the great free-speech decision in the Citizens United case, it appears that the ACLU is rethinking it support for the First Amendment.

That would be a shame and the beginning of the end for the group, which has done some of its finest work on the First Amendment. 

How can a group call itself the Civil Liberties Union if it won’t defend the First Amendment?  If it can defend Nazis marching in Skokie, it can certainly keep defending the right to speak out about elections.

The New York Sun reports:

[A]fter years of opposing restrictions on free speech grounds, is considering whether to reverse course and endorse government limits on money in politics.

The ACLU has long opposed government limits to how much a donor can give to a political campaign or spend airing advertisements on an issue during an election. On this point, the ACLU has been in agreement with conservative organizations that believe money contributions are a form of political speech and deserving of First Amendment protection. It has been at odds with many liberal organizations, which have argued money in politics must be strictly limited so that rich organizations and individuals don’t wield outsize influence.