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"Stephen Colbert's Free Speech Problem"



Stephen Colbert hoped to make fun of Citizens United v. FEC by creating a humorous PAC to demonstrate the ease of corporate money influencing politics. What he actually found was that the campaign regulations are so arcane and onerous that he could not do so while keeping his television show—at least not without hiring a very expensive former commissioner of the FEC to represent him in front of the agency. [WSJ]

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
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