• Supreme Court Opens the Way for Direct Corporate Participation in the Electoral Process
  • February 3, 2010 | Author: Robert P. Charrow
  • Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Washington Office
  • Today, in one of the most significant First Amendment rulings of the past 50 years, the Supreme Court in a 5 to 4 decision overturned both precedent and federal law which had banned corporations from directly participating in the political process. See Citizens United v. Fed. Elec. Comm’n, 558 U.S. &under;&under;&under; (U.S. No. 08-205, Jan. 21, 2010). At issue in Citizens United was the federal law that banned corporations and labor unions from making either “independent expenditures” or “electioneering communications.”