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Political Campaign Advertising And The First Amendment: A Structural-Functional Analysis Of Proposed Reform, Rebecca Arbogast Jul 2015

Political Campaign Advertising And The First Amendment: A Structural-Functional Analysis Of Proposed Reform, Rebecca Arbogast

Akron Law Review

The metaphor of the political arena as a marketplace has become all too apt with candidates' increased reliance on 30- and 60-second spot television advertisements produced by consulting firms. This shift in the nature of political discourse as well as the accompanying scramble to raise the money necessary to fund this uniquely expensive form of campaign speech has generated much discontent with the electoral process among politicians and commentators. For instance, the Senate established a sixmember commission to propose reforms regarding media coverage of political campaigns, and the Markle Foundation has funded a study on "the potential role of public …


Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee V. Federal Election Commission: Maintaining What Remains Of The Federal Election Campaign Act Through Constitutional Compromise, Mary Sherris Jul 2015

Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee V. Federal Election Commission: Maintaining What Remains Of The Federal Election Campaign Act Through Constitutional Compromise, Mary Sherris

Akron Law Review

This Note will discuss the Court's reasoning and holding in Colorado Republican. Additionally, this Note will discuss how the Court distinguished independent and coordinated campaign expenditures that were first established in Buckley v. Valeo. Finally, this Note will discuss why the Court did not address whether limitations on coordinated expenditures for political parties are protected by the First Amendment.


Nixon V. Shrink Missouri Government Pac: Campaign Contributions, Symbolic Speech And The Appearance Of Corruption, Jane Conrad Jul 2015

Nixon V. Shrink Missouri Government Pac: Campaign Contributions, Symbolic Speech And The Appearance Of Corruption, Jane Conrad

Akron Law Review

The purpose of this note is two-fold. First , it reviews pertinent cases and sets forth the appropriate standard of review for contribution limits. Second, it delineates the test that enables government to customize contribution limits to the characteristics of its voting districts without violating the First Amendment. Part II provides a brief history of campaign finance reform, emphasizing limits on campaign contributions. Part III examines the history of campaign contribution limits in Missouri and the Eighth Circuit’s role. Part IV concludes that contribution limits are entitled to a heightened intermediate standard of review. The court should defer to a …


Buckley V. Valeo, Political Disclosure And The First Amendment, Trevor Potter Jul 2015

Buckley V. Valeo, Political Disclosure And The First Amendment, Trevor Potter

Akron Law Review

Put differently, the reality is that disclosure’s constitutional status is unclear. The Supreme Court’s jurisprudential framework is often unpredictable. Even when the Court has been consistent in choosing a formal framework with which to approach disclosure laws, it has been inconsistent and unpredictable in applying that framework. To be sure, this issue takes on particular urgency in light of the importance both sides in the campaign finance debate attach to disclosure of campaign spending (however differently defined), and the existence of the Internet as a vehicle for immediate mass dissemination of information required to be reported. Accordingly, providing an overview …


Challenging Buckley V. Valeo: A Legal Strategy, John C. Bonifaz, Gregory G. Luke, Brenda Wright Jul 2015

Challenging Buckley V. Valeo: A Legal Strategy, John C. Bonifaz, Gregory G. Luke, Brenda Wright

Akron Law Review

In its 1976 ruling in Buckley v. Valeo, the United States Supreme Court sanctioned a system of unlimited campaign spending in federal elections. Since that ruling, this nation has witnessed an explosion of political expenditures. The 1996 election cycle marked the most expensive election in U.S. history, with congressional and presidential candidates spending a total of more than $2 billion. Campaign spending has also dramatically risen in state and local elections across the country. Unlimited spending poses a serious threat to our democratic process. It undermines public confidence in our elections and in our democratic institutions. It presents an increased …


Buckley V. Valeo: A Landmark Of Political Freedom, Joel M. Gora Jul 2015

Buckley V. Valeo: A Landmark Of Political Freedom, Joel M. Gora

Akron Law Review

It is appropriate for an article about the Supreme Court's Buckley opinion to appear in a law review in the Buckeye State. In terms of poll rankings, the Buckeye football team finished last season ranked number two in the polls, which was much better than the Buckley decision, which many academics have put on their list of the ten worst decisions of this century. While the football pollsters were right in ranking the Buckeyes so highly, the academic pundits are dead wrong in rating the Buckley decision so poorly.


A Symposium: The Legal And Polticial Implications Of Buckley V. Valeo (1976), Christopher P. Banks, John C. Green Jul 2015

A Symposium: The Legal And Polticial Implications Of Buckley V. Valeo (1976), Christopher P. Banks, John C. Green

Akron Law Review

One of the most vexing issues in constitutional jurisprudence concerns the political regulation of money and its democratic implications. The resolution of the constitutional question for democracy involves striking a balance between two competing interests: the protection of political liberty under the First Amendment and the legitimate interest government has in preventing money from having a corrosive or corrupting effect on the political system. With its landmark ruling in Buckley v. Valeo, some say that the Supreme Court successfully reconciled these interests and, in fact, strongly preserved the basic ideal of American freedom. Different commentators, however, maintain that the Supreme …