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Corruption Takes Root

What is the essence of corruption? This is a question raised by the recent Supreme Court jurisprudence around Citizens United v. FEC. For Justice Kennedy and the Court has concluded, as a matter of law, that only quid pro quo corruption is corruption. An out and out bribe is corrupting, but throwing a congressman a…Read more Corruption Takes Root Posted on 26 October 2012 | 8:30 pm

Campaign Finance Laws and the First Amendment

The Arendt Center recently hosted Professor Zephyr Teachout to speak about Citizens United v. FEC and campaign finance reform. The talk was in honor of Constitution Day, which Professor Teachout joyfully informed us may very well be unconstitutional. We carried on. Teachout began her talk by announcing that the “First Amendment is a terrible thing.”…Read more Campaign Finance Laws and the First Amendment Posted on 19 October 2012 | 10:54 am

A Brief History of Campaign Finance

The NY Times penned one of those editorials Wednesday that makes one wonder who is home. The Times¬†takes President Obama to task for forming a Super PAC–or for having someone form a Super PAC for him, because we know there is no coordination between the Super PAC and the Super PAC’s beneficiary. ¬†As cynical as…Read more A Brief History of Campaign Finance Posted on 9 February 2012 | 12:01 pm