The State Net Capitol Journal Reports that an Impending Supreme Court Decision Could Drastically Alter State Efforts to Control Campaign Spending.

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The Blagojevich election scandal spurred many states to adopt new measures aimed at snuffing out campaign corruption. But a current U.S. Supreme Court case may change the game more than anything states have done.

The State Net Capitol Journal reports that the impending U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (08-205), may actually end up doing more to alter the landscape of pay-to-play in the political realm than the transgressions of any elected official.

As SNCJ's Korey Clark reports, the case revolves around a dispute over "Hillary: The Movie," a 2008 film harshly criticizing then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. A conservative group, Citizens United, financed the film, which is wanted to make show in Democratic primaries and distribute it via home video-on-demand. But the Federal Election Commission banned the film's distribution on the grounds that it was partly financed by corporate contributions and therefore subject to the restrictions on "electioneering communications" imposed by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, better known as McCain-Feingold.

As Clark reports, a number of campaign finance experts believe that should the court rule in favor of Citizens United, which is expected, as many as 15 states could be forced to change their own restrictions on corporate campaign contribution limits.

To get the full story, check out the new issue of the State Net Capitol Journal on the State Net Web site at

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References: Clark, Korey. (2009, October 12, 2009). "Courts may usher in new era of pay-to-play" State Net Capitol Journal.


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