• Citizens United: What it means for Trade Associations
  • March 3, 2010 | Authors: Scott Gast; Robert K. Kelner; Robert D. Lenhard; Kevin Shortill
  • Law Firm: Covington & Burling LLP - Washington Office
  • In the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, trade associations are now free to use corporate money to fund advertising campaigns, up to the eve of an election, that expressly advocate the election or defeat of specific candidates at the federal, state, and local levels (“election advertising”). This landmark ruling provides new opportunities for trade associations to influence the political process -- but those opportunities come with risks and caveats that associations should carefully consider.