Legal Studies and Business Ethics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2-2012

Publication Source

Connecticut Law Review

Volume

44

Issue

3

Start Page

575

Last Page

615

Abstract

As a result of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United, corporations and individuals now enjoy the same rights to spend money on advertisements supporting or opposing candidates for office. Those concerned about the role of money in politics have much to decry about the decision. But the threat to democracy posed by allowing wealthy corporations to function as political speakers arises under the same regime that allows wealthy individuals to do so. If we are not prepared to limit individuals' expenditures on political speech, we will have to find a way to distinguish individuals' and corporations 'free speech rights.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Originally published in the Connecticut Law Review © 2012 UConn Law School

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Date Posted: 25 October 2018