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My Favorite Quote from "Citizens United v. FEC" - Alan, Esq.

Alan, Esq.
Date: 2010-01-22 01:17
Subject: My Favorite Quote from "Citizens United v. FEC"
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From Justice Kennedy's majority opinion.
The law before us is an outright ban, backed by criminal sanctions. Section 441b makes it a felony for all corporations—including nonprofit advocacy corporations either to expressly advocate the election or defeat of candidates or to broadcast electioneering communications within 30 days of a primary election and 60 days of a general election. Thus, the following acts would all be felonies under §441b: The Sierra Club runs an ad, within the crucial phase of 60 days before the general election, that exhorts the public to disapprove of a Congressman who favors logging in national forests; the National Rifle Association publishes a book urging the public to vote for the challenger because the incumbent U.S. Senator supports a handgun ban; and the American Civil Liberties Union creates a Web site telling the public to vote for a Presidential candidate in light of that candidate’s defense of free speech. These prohibitions are classic examples of censorship.
For all the liberals yelling and screaming about how terrible this decision is...

Let's assume that Sarah Palin is running for President in 2012... I suddenly "see the light" and rise to the challenge of stopping her. I decide to make a film about how evil Sarah Palin is and plead to people not to vote for her, but since I'm not wealthy enough, I form a corporation to raise the funds necessary to make this film. I then want to air this film on TV: 29 days before the primary election...

Should I face criminal liability for those actions?
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John Louis
User: grail76
Date: 2010-01-22 13:11 (UTC)
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It's just hard to say in today's barely competitive elections, that the application of large amounts of more money will somehow make things better.
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Stephen
User: wanderingghost
Date: 2010-01-22 16:09 (UTC)
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Not a lawyer, so I may just be full of BS.... but:

Although I think the action you describe probably shouldn't be subject to criminal liability normally, in your case, what the heck. Throw the book at ya.

Just my contribution to civil and balanced discussion. :-)

Can I ask LisaV out while you're in the slammer??
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