12 Months After
The Effects of Citizens United on Elections and the Integrity of the Legislative Process
January 18, 2011 – The U.S. Supreme Court on January 21, 2010, scuttled the longstanding American tradition of prohibiting overt corporate spending to influence elections in its Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.
On the one-year anniversary of the decision, this report offers an assessment of its impact. We provide a brief history of the legal restrictions on corporate involvement in elections and the events that led to the Citizens United v. FEC decision. We document the dramatic increase in outside spending in the 2010 elections and assess the enhancement of power that corporate lobbyists now enjoy. Finally, we discuss a comprehensive package of legislative and constitutional reforms that can be pursued at the federal, state and local levels to mitigate the damage caused by Citizens United v. FEC or to reverse it altogether.
- Read the Report (PDF)
- Read the Press Release
- Read the Statement by Public Citizen president Robert Weissman
- Video From the Rally in Washington, D.C.
- Photos From Events on the Anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC
- Our Work to Reverse the Damage Done by Citizens United v. FEC
- Demonstrations held in Washington, D.C., and across the country on the Citizens United v. FEC Anniversary