The U.S. Supreme Court’s deliberative pace in handing down an opinion on an important campaign finance case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, is getting attention.
Scholar Rick Hasen acknowledges in his Election Law Blog that he predicted an opinion would be issued by mid-November, and it hasn’t happened yet. “I don’t think that the fact that it is taking so long necessarily indicates that the case will be a blockbuster,” he writes.
An article by the Associated Press is headlined, “No decisions in high court’s horn of plenty.” It suggests that perhaps the justices “are moving a bit more slowly while they allow their new colleague [Justice Sonia Sotomayor] to get her bearings.” The court could issue opinions this week.
You may check out Justice at Stake’s amicus brief in the Citizens United case by clicking here. The court is deciding whether the government can bar corporations and labor unions spending directly from their treasuries on federal elections. The ruling could affect how corporations spend political money in the 2010 elections, and it ultimately could affect spending on judicial elections in states.
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