Politics & Government

January 21, 2010

Supreme Court rolls back limits on corporate campaign spending

A closely divided Supreme Court on Thursday swept away long-standing limits on campaign spending by unions and corporations. In a long-awaited decision, the court's emboldened conservative majority declared that the limits on so-called "independent expenditures" by corporations violate First Amendment free-speech rights. The much-anticipated decision means that more money can be spent on federal elections, including this year's congressional elections.

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