Citizen United

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The force with the highest distribution of power
The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) is a federal instrument organized to limit “large sums of money” from unfairly impacting national politics by controlling “electioneering communication”. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act identifies “electioneering communication”, as any satellite or cable broadcast made with thirty days before a primary election or sixty days before a general election, and which pertains to a distinctly identified prospect for Federal office. Citizens United agreed that its planned VOD broadcast and advertisements of The Movie fall within this definition of “electioneering communication”, qualifying them nonexempt from three applicable restrictions under The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA). First, BCRA forbids Citizens United from using its corporate finances to air “electioneering communication” in order to suggest how an observer should vote. Second, if Citizens United achieves the first obligation, BCRA expects Citizens United to expose the personal identities of individuals who gave more than one thousand dollars towards, the creation of The Movie. Lastly, BCRA expects Citizens United to disclose for a minimum of four seconds a written disclaimer in its promotional material expressing it is accountable for the contents (Lindbloom & Terranova, 2009).
Who else has power over the Issue?
Each of our three branches of government have expressed their concerns on the issue of what role corporations should represent in politics and, just for a moment, the Court is in an unexpected place with both of the other two branches and with itself. Congress our legislative branch, was the first to speak on the Citizens United case. Relying on years of related precedent and legislation, Congress cautiously enacted and crafted the confining standard: The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA).…...

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