For decades, presidential candidates disclaimed the idea that they would have “litmus tests” for their nominees to the Supreme Court. Republicans and Democrats alike agreed that to demand that their judicial nominees decide particular cases particular ways would be wrong. Judicial litmus tests were bad. They were what candidates accused opponents of having. In the … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the No-Litmus-Test Rule→
On this day in 1978, the Supreme Court decided First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, a seminal case involving corporate speech rights. In a 5-4 ruling, the Court struck down a Massachusetts law that prohibited corporations from spending money to influence the outcome of referenda, unless the referenda issue “materially affected” them. Justice Lewis Powell … Continue reading This Day in Supreme Court History—April 26, 1978→
The case McCutcheon v. FEC will be argued on Tuesday, October 8. This is the biggest campaign finance reform case since Citizens United was decided in 2010. Learn the facts behind the case from ISCOTUS Director and Professor Carolyn Shapiro of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Case: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission Campaign financing is a touchy subject, pitting concerns about free speech against concerns about the corrupting and other negative effects of money in politics. With the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be prohibited. This … Continue reading Coming Up At The Court – McCutcheon v. FEC→
Case: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission On February 19, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear argument in a case challenging some of the contribution limits in federal campaign finance laws. (The lower court rejected the challenge.) One possible outcome of the case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, is for the Supreme Court to … Continue reading Court to Review Campaign Finance Limits→
While the world awaits the Court’s ruling in The Affordable Care Act Cases with bated breath, Jeffrey Toobin takes a fascinating look at the behind the scenes wrangling during the Court’s review of Citizens United v. FEC. While reading Toobin’s piece, one wonders what’s going on now, as the Court reviews yet another landmark case.