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No Court Ruling Today On Campaign Finance

It was anticipated that the Supreme Court today would rule on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

That's the case involving the the application of federal campaign laws and whether they applied to barring an organization — in this case Citizens United, a conservative group — from airing on TV during the 2008 presidential election a film it produced critical of then-candidate Hillary Clinton. Was the Federal Election Commission right in saying the movie couldn't be shown during campaign season because it was financed with corporate money? Or would the Court rule that it's now permissible for independent groups to use corporate funds for their political messages?

An important case that, when all is said and done, is about the First Amendment.

But, alas, the Court did not rule on it today.



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