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Federal Election Commission v. Beaumont

Docket No.: 02-403
Certiorari Granted: Nov 18 2002
Argued: March 25, 2003
Decided: June 16, 2003

Topics:

Federal Election Campaign, First Amendment, Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, Campaign Finance Reform, EPA, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Internal Revenue Code, Labor Management Relations Act, preliminary injunction, stare decisis

PartyNames: Federal Election Commission v. Christine Beaumont, et al.
Petitioner: Federal Election Commission
Respondent: Christine Beaumont, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Citation: CA 4, 278 F.3d 261. QUESTION PRESENTED The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1 971, 2 U.S.C. 441b, prohibits corporationsand labor unions from making direct campaign contributions and independent expenditures in connection with federal elections. The question presented iswhether Section 441b's prohibition on co ntributions violates the First Amendment to the Constitution if it is applied to a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to engage in political advocacy.
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket

Federal Election Commission
v.
Christine Beaumont, et al.
539 U.S. 146 (2003)
Question:

Does the Federal Election Campaign Act's ban on corporate political donations violate the freedom of speech for incorporated, non-profit advocacy groups?

Federal Election Commission v. Beaumont
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 25, 2003

Holding: reversed
Decision: Decision: 7 votes for Federal Election Commission, 2 vote(s) against
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