Citizens United
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Nov 02, 2017
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Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission is one of shows-americans-favor-overhaul-of-campaign-financing.html">the most polarizing Supreme Court cases of all time. So what is it actually about, and why did the Justices decide the way they did? Justice Anthony Kennedy, often called the “most powerful man in America,” wrote the majority opinion in the case. In this episode, we examine Kennedy’s singular devotion to the First Amendment and look at how it may have influenced his decision in the case. 

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Correction: A earlier version of this episode misstated the date of the last day of the 2009 term. 

Additional music for this episode by:

 Gyan Riley 

Kevin MacLeod "Bad Ideas (distressed)"Kevin MacLeod ( under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Special thanks to Justin Levitt, Guy-Uriel Charles, William Baude, Helen Knowles, and Derek John. 

Leadership support for More Perfect is provided by The Joyce Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation.

Supreme Court archival audio comes from Oyez®, a free law project in collaboration with the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.

**This episode was taped prior to The Washington Post's reporting on Judge Alex Kozinski which was published on December 8, 2017. 


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Think you know why Citizens United happened? I did and I was wrong -- this is a great episode.
Nov 04, 2017 by Mimi G

Required listening!