Is It Just Corporate Free Speech?


In a ruling sometimes characterized as protecting «corporate free speech,» the US Supreme Court held this month that «the Government may not suppress political speech on the basis of the speaker’s corporate identity» in the case of Citizens United vs the Federal Elections Commission and my support for the free speech rights involved found me in some strange company while this landmark legal decision caused some other people to change their minds or to consider changing their policies, as I show in this video.

You can find the full text of all the opinions in Citizens United vs the Federal Elections Commission online at http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinion…

The clips I use in this video from ABC’s «This Week» come from the program broadcast on January 24, 2010, and the full segment from which I took the clip of South Carolina’s Republican Senator Jim Demint is available online at http://abcnews.go.com/video/video?id=…

The clips I use in this video of Sam Donaldson and George Will are also from that broadcast of ABC’s «This Week» and come from the full segment available online at http://abcnews.go.com/video/video?id=…

The clip I use of «The Daily Show» comes from the January 25, 2010, segment available online at http://tinyurl.com/SupremeCorp

The clips I use of Lawrence Lessig come from his YouTube video titled «Lessig on Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision: Change Congress Video» available on his ChangeYourCongress YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87YOBD…

The clip I use of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address comes from the public domain video available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1PWQt…

The image I use of the email from Lawrence Lessig is also available on his website at http://change-congress.org

And, finally, the image I use of the New York Sun’s article titled «ACLU May Reverse Course On Campaign Finance Limits After Supreme Court Ruling,» comes from the page at http://www.nysun.com/national/aclu-ma…

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