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Drawing the Line: The Importance of Citizens United to the Future of Political Speech… Online and Offline

by Rich Carey on May 6, 2009

By Brandon Martin at the Daily Uprising

Recently, the Cato Institute produced a short video that explores how campaign finance law infringes on first amendment rights. The video argues persuasively that the logic of the first amendment to the Constitution and federal campaign finance laws are at war and the clash will likely end up redefining or limiting the scope or extent of one or the other.

In case anyone doesn’t know, the way our system is supposed to work is that when congress passes a law in conflict with the constitution, the constitution wins… even if the law is popular, focuses on corporate or institutional speech, and addresses a growing concern.

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