An Individual 's Freedom Of Expression

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America’s forefathers placed great importance on an individual’s freedom of expression. The First Amendment of the Constitution specifically guarantees civil freedoms such as the right of freedom of speech without interference or constraint by government and prohibited Congress from making a law or in any way prohibiting such rights (“First Amendment”). That has not kept those freedoms from being challenged, however. Many court cases have been tied into the First Amendment, with a notable one being Citizens United v. FEC. The Supreme Court in 2010 ruled that political spending is a form of protected speech, and the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates through advertisements and other marketing tools. (Dunbar) The Supreme Court’s willingness to equate money with speech has been to “effectively gut campaign finance law” in the United States erected to prevent corruption and limit the influence of special interests on American politics (O’Connor et al. 374). Bernie Sanders, a U.S. Senator from Vermont and an independent presidential candidate vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination, called the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling a “disastrous decision,” and wants it overturned. Interest groups participating in amicus curae briefs (defined as friends of the court) arguing for First Amendment protection in the Citzens United ruling included groups like the Alliance Defense Fund, American Civil
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