From Alaska to Alabama, corporations spend money to shape their local business environments, resources and regulations.
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Businesses can spend huge amounts of money to influence Congress. But sizable lobbyist and campaign donations also go to state campaigns and lawmakers to influence policymaking.
An abortion provider in San Antonio had to turn patients away after the June 24, 2022, Supreme Court ruling.
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Even in states that ban abortion, legal precedents indicate that donating to, and receiving assistance from, abortion funds is an expression of free speech.
Who’s giving to whom just became less transparent.
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In a 6-3 ruling, the court’s majority said the requirements violated donors’ First Amendment rights by subjecting them to potential harassment.
The 2020 US election is projected to be the most expensive ever.
How US election spending has changed in the past decade.
People march during a climate strike in Montréal in September 2019. Climate change is a top concern for Canadians, but new Elections Canada rules left civil society organizations fearing they could not speak out on the need for climate action during the election.
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Canada’s new Elections Act may have prevented the type of mammoth election spending seen in the United States via super-PACs, but it’s been at the expense of public debate.
Sophia, a robot granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia.
A legal loophole could grant computer systems many legal rights people have – threatening human rights and dignity and setting up some real legal and moral problems.
Protestors near the U.S. Supreme Court building, on the 2nd anniversary of the Citizens United decision
Citizens United, issued 10 years ago, is one of the most controversial and scorned rulings in modern Supreme Court history. Is that condemnation undeserved?
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, before he resigned amid scandals.
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Embattled Gov. Eric Greitens resigned over allegations tied to political contributions from concealed sources.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined his team in taking a knee before a game on Sept. 25.
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Team owners’ defense of their players ‘taking a knee’ during the national anthem shows the vital role business leaders play in political discourse – one championed by Citizens United.
Protesters and police officers in downtown Los Angeles, Nov. 12, 2016.
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On the face of it, our democratic values are in trouble. But we should be hopeful about the power of protest.
Justice Scalia speaking in 2014.
The long-serving justice changed how judges talk about statutes, but not, argues one law professor, how they ultimately interpret them.
US Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker hugs his childhood babysitter Janice Dietz at a campaign stop in Plainfield, Iowa.
A court has dismissed a criminal investigation into Wisconsin Governor and presidential candidate Scott Walker. The decision will encourage closer relationships between candidates and PACs.
House Republicans apparently want to keep us in the dark on where their money’s coming from.
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The House Appropriations Committee wants to stop the SEC from requiring the disclosure of political contributions. Here’s why that’s a bad idea.
The new normal?
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This week’s news brings an important “ah hah” moment. The conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries and their political network of donors and opaque outside groups are…