Citizens United v. F.E.C. (2010)
During his 2010 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama did something very few presidents have done: he openly challenged a Supreme Court ruling in front of both chambers of Congress and members of the Supreme Court. That ruling, Citizens United v. F.E.C. (2010), and the President’s commentary on it, reignited passions on both sides of a century long debate: to what extent does the First Amendment protect ways Americans associate with one another and the diverse ways we “speak,” “assemble,” and participate in American political life? It is this speech – political speech – that the Founders knew was inseparable from the very concept of self-government.
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