Citizens United: First Amendment Right of Corporations and Unions

See “Assessing the Impact of Citizens United: What Does it Mean for My Corporation?” by McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.

The Supreme Court’s holding in Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) leads to the following conclusions:

  • Corporations may now finance independent federal political advertising and other political contributions
  • Corporations and individuals may now finance tax-exempt groups to advocate in federal elections
  • Federal laws governing candidate contributions remain unchanged
  • Disclosure and disclaimer requirements remain unchanged
  • Groups of corporations now have the same rights as individuals


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