Express Advocacy – Political Law News Summary

Today’s political law news summary focuses again on steps taken by Congressional Democrats and the White House to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision.

The Christian Science Monitor published an article on yesterday’s U.S. Senate Rules Committee hearing and statements from Democratic Senators criticizing the decision and expressing support for legislation designed to limit the free speech rights of corporations in the wake of the Citizens United decision.

The Associated Press also published an article summarizing yesterday’s Senate Rules Committee hearing. 

Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, published a post on the White House Blog defending the President’s comments on the Citizens United decision during his State of the Union address to Congress.  The White House apparently views the need to amend the campaign finance laws as part of a broader legislative strategy regarding lobbyists and so-called “special interests” influence in Washington. 

Let’s remember that the First Amendment protects the free speech rights of citizens, organizations, and even corporations, to discuss the policy positions of elected and appointed government officials.  More independent political speech from individuals and organizations is a positive development and strengthens our Democracy.

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