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Another hearing to condemn the First Amendment floodgates

Several weeks have passed since members of Congress mustered their outrage at the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC for opening the floodgates of campaign cash from powerful corporate interests.

Floodgates...such a cliche.

Anyway, politics requires another round of outrage mustering, so the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for March 10, "We the People? Corporate Spending in American Elections after Citizens United." Scheduled witnesses are Jeffrey Rosen of George Washington University School of Law and a well-known legal writer, and Doug Kendall, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center.

Rosen has a piece in the latest New Republic analyzing the Citizens United ruling as a failure of Chief Justice Robert's consensus building on the court, "Roberts versus Roberts." The Constitutional Accountability Center is a "progressive" think tank and law firm; Kendall has condemned the Citizens United ruling as "startlingly activist and a sharp departure from constitutional text and history; our democracy will suffer for it."

UPDATE (Friday): Good. The committee has added former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith to the witness list. Smith is now chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics and professor of law at Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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