ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Elections, Campaigning, and Good Ol' Corporations

Updated on November 21, 2014
Republicans & Democrats
Republicans & Democrats | Source

by Amber Maccione

Is it unconstitutional for corporations to fund political broadcasts during elections?

The 1st Amendment protects our freedom of religion, speech, assembly, and petition. The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a case about the freedom of speech within election campaigning. The Supreme Court ruled in that the government cannot regulate political speech under the 1st Amendment rights of the Constitution (Sullivan & Adams 2010). The Supreme Court decision struck down other laws that had banned corporations from electioneering communications such as movies and T.V. advertisements, but they upheld the decision that corporations had to disclose political advertising sponsors in order to give voters information that might be pertinent to them making an educated decision on who they might vote for (Oyez 2012 & Denniston 2012).

The majority stated that speech could not be limited under the 1st Amendment. Justice Steven’s though disagreed saying that corporations aren’t members of society and should be limited (Oyez 2012).


Are Corporations People?

I believe that the 1st Amendment applies to all U.S. citizens. Corporations are made up of U.S. citizens and therefore should be protected under this amendment. Therefore, I would stand by the majority in saying that corporations should not be limited. They should have the right to speak freely about electoral candidates. I do, however, feel that disclosure is also important. Since corporations are not one person but a group, disclosure about who is sponsoring this opinion should be made known to the audience that is being subjected to their viewpoint in order for the audience to make their own educated opinion on whether they agree or not. The 1st Amendment does protect everyone in regards to free speech, but it does not protect in regards to disclosure. I think if you are going to sponsor something or claim something, your name should be behind it.

References

(2012). Citizens united v. federal election commission. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Retrieved from http://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2008/2008_08_205

Denniston, L. (2012, June 25). Opinion recap: Citizens united solidified. Retrieved from http://www.scotusblog.com/2012/06/opinion-recap-citizens-united-solidified/

Sullivan, K. & Admas, T. (2010, March 2). “Summary of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.” Retrieved from http://www.cga.ct.gov/2010/rpt/2010-R-0124.htm

Copyright © 2012 http://ambercita04.hubpages.com/

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)