When it comes to money in politics, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., often complains that there is just too much of it.
But when Franken called the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that opened the door for corporations, unions and individuals to spend unlimited amounts on candidates a “disaster” earlier this month, his impassioned Senate floor speech disguised a central fact of his campaign, and that of his Republican opponent, businessman Mike McFadden. Continue reading
When the Supreme Court upheld the Citizens United case, the government no longer could prohibit or restrict independent political expenditures by corporations. Judy Woodruff talks to The Atlantic’s James Bennet and the Washington Post’s Ann Gerhart for more on how political fundraising has evolved this election cycle. Continue reading
A slide show of Supreme Court decisions impacting national politics. Continue reading
The Supreme Court on Monday weighed the constitutionality of a law regulating public funding of state political campaigns in Arizona. Ray Suarez talks with the National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle about the joined cases’ oral arguments. Continue reading
Reactions to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of corporate campaign contributions varied from disappointment on the Democrats’ side to excitement from some Republicans. Jim Lehrer talks to analysts about how the ruling will change campaign finance. Continue reading