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Volume 27 • Number 2

April 2013


Democracy, Paternalism, and Campaign Finance

by Adam Hosein

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) of 2002 put limits on corporate spending during campaign seasons. More specifically, the act required that corporate treasury funds not be used to pay for "electioneering communications," defined as "any broadcast, cable, or satellite communication" that "refers to a clearly identified candidate for Federal office" and is made within thirty days of a primary election or sixty days of a general election. In its Citizens United v. FEC (Federal Election Commission) decision of 2010, the Supreme Court struck down these requirements as excessive burdens on the freedom of speech, triggering strong criticism from President Obama, "Occupy" protesters, and many others.

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