In a dramatic special session Thursday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote said that congressional restrictions on independent expenditures by corporations in federal elections violate the First Amendment. Justice Anthony Kennedy announced the opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, declaring that the ban on corporate expenditure "uses censorship to control thought." Justice John Paul Stevens read with emotion from his 90-page dissent for more than 20 minutes.
Supreme Court Strikes Down Bans on Corporate Spending in Elections
The National Law Journal
January 21, 2010