Does the Constitution require the result in Citizens United?

No. Citizens United v. FEC would never have been decided this way in any other era of the Court in our history. The five self-described conservatives on the current Court have cast aside a century of federal restrictions on corporate money in politics, and two centuries of First Amendment jurisprudence. The notion that a corporation has First Amendment rights to “speech” and political activity is contrary to the history, words, spirit and intent of the First Amendment and American self-government.

Four of the nine Justices – – Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, Breyer and Sotomayor – – refused to go along with this experiment in corporate “speech” and electioneering.

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