With super PACs, we’ve seen voter turnout go up; interest in elections rise; and the number of competitive races increase. The campaigns of 2010 and 2012 have been more issue-oriented than their predecessors, not less.
There is no evidence that super PACs have led to a greater percentage of negative ads.
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Ultimately, the court is heading to a doctrine of ‘separation of campaign and state.’ This doctrine, like separation of church and state or separation of military and civilian authority, is not explicit in the Constitution but flows naturally from its structure and commitment to freedom and democracy.
The next time you download a book on Kindle, buy a Michael Moore screed at Barnes & Noble, or order up a political movie from video on demand, remember that it is the Supreme Court’s decision in ‘Citizens United’ that guarantees you the right to do so.
Bradley A. Smith is an American professor at Capital University Law School who served as Commissioner, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission between 2000 and 2005. He is best known for his writing and activities opposing campaign finance regulation. A Michigan native, Smith received a B.A. from Kalamazoo College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1990. After briefly practicing law with the firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, Smith joined the faculty at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio in the fall of 1993.
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