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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

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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

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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.


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 …


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

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

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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

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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 …