Citizens United v FEC

Citizens United v FEC

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  • Citizens United wants to release a movie that turns voters away from voting for Hillary Clinton (2008).
  • We're going to release this movie 30 days before the primary elections. Come see it!
  • Now showing: Hillary: The Movie
  • The  Federal Election Commission  (FEC) cited the   Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and  Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA)  to refer to the movie as "electioneering communication" and could not be shown.
  • Hey!  You can't  show that! It will skew election results.
  • Now showing: Hillary: The Movie
  • At a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Citizens United stated that not being able to show the movie violated the First Amendment.
  • My freedom of expression is being denied.
  • The BCRA clearly shows that this movie "refers to a clearly identified candidate for Federal office".
  • This movie is clearly expressed advocacy and the BCRA was not unconstitutionally applied
  • We can't afford to be silenced! The American people deserve to know the truth about Hillary Clinton. We must take this to the Supreme Court! 
  • From a 5-4 vote, we have decided that political speech is indispensable to a democracy, regardless of source.
  • On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court ruled   the BCRA's and FECA's laws that prevent corporations from using general funds for independent "electioneering communications" violates the First Amendment .
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