Is SCOTUS Poised to Allow Unlimited Corporate Campaign Spending?

Created: June 30, 2009 10:36 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

That’s what Rick Hasen, the uber-election lawyer and blogger is predicting.

Instead of ruling on Citizens United v. FEC, a case that questions the legitimacy of corporate funding that supported an anti-Hillary Rodham Clinton documentary released just before the 2008 primaries, the court on Monday ordered reargument of the case in September.  The court will then have to decide whether to overrule two previous decisions that upheld limits on corporate spending in federal elections.

Predicts Hasen:

Given the dynamics of the court, there is a great chance the justices will use the opportunity to overrule limits on how much money corporations can spend supporting candidates—whether or not Judge Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed in time to hear the case in September.