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

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

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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

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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 …