Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United

This may be the most difficult reflection this semester because campaign finance law can be rather confusing.

In order for you to better understand the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, I have gathered various sources.  First, and probably the most entertaining are clips from the Colbert Report.  Stephen Colbert won a Peabody award for for his shows that explain the new campaign finance laws. I am attaching a word document that has links to the most informative video clips.

Cobert Videos.docxPreview the documentView in a new window

Now, skim through the attached articles.  They will help you understand the questions surrounding Citizens United vs.Federal Election Commission.

Ramifications of Citizens United.pdfPreview the documentView in a new window

The Citizens United Ruling.pdfPreview the documentView in a new window

Citizens United Decision and Why it Matters.pdfPreview the documentView in a new window

What the Smart-erotti Are Saying About Citizens United.pdfPreview the documentView in a new window

Justice Preview the documentView in a new windowStevens on Citizens United.pdfPreview the documentView in a new window

Now, watch the documentaryBig Sky – Big Money

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/big-sky-big-money/ (Links to an external site.)

In two to three pages (or more if you want) answer this question. Do you think the Supreme Court was correct in its ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission? Why or why not?

In order to earn full credit on this assignment you must demonstrate that you understand the ramifications of the Citizens United ruling.  Also, you must demonstrate that you watched the documentary.

Please refer to the “Citation Rules” I posted in CANVAS.