Thursday, 2 of October of 2014

LTU Humanities Celebrates Constitution Day – September 17

This year’s theme:

Evaluate the impact of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision upon the 2012 Presidential election campaign.

Cash Prizes:

1st Place – $150

2nd Place – $100

3rd Place – $50

In 2010, the Supreme Court overturned Congressional limitations on campaign contributions and issue advertising by corporations, unions, and public-interest groups.  The court held that campaign contributions are speech protected by the First Amendment, and that public associations such as corporations are “persons” entitled to First Amendment protections.  The 2012 election campaigns have so far brought a dramatic increase in spending at all levels: federal, state and local.  2012 may well be the United States’ first billion-dollar campaign season.  Evaluate the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and its impact upon American election culture.  Is the court’s constitutional reasoning sound?  What is the relationship between money and speech?  In what sense is a corporation a person?  And if the court’s reading of the First Amendment is compulsory, how then should we adapt our election culture to accommodate the power of money?

Deadline: December 14, 2012

Winners will be announced at the beginning of spring term, 2013.

Contact Professor Barrett <jbarrett@ltu.edu> in HSSC for format guidelines and submissions details.

The text of the Citizens United opinion can be found at:

<http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-205.pdf>

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