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Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc.

Docket No.: 06-969
Certiorari Granted: 1/19/2007
Argued: April 25, 2007
Decided: June 25, 2007
Consolidated with: Docket No. 06-970

Topics:

Abortion, Article I, Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, Campaign Finance Reform, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Internal Revenue Code, Labor Management Relations Act, Miranda, Union, corporate speech, judicial review, patent, preliminary injunction, stare decisis, student speech

PartyNames: Federal Election Commission, Appellant v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc.
Petitioner: Federal Election Commission, Appellant
Respondent: Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc.

Court Below: United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Citation: 2006 WL 3746669
Supreme Court Docket

Federal Election Commission, Appellant
v.
Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc.
551 U.S. 449 (2007)
Question Presented:

:flOmega Whether the three-judge district court erred in holding that the federal statutory prohibition on a corporation's use of general treasury funds to finance "electioneering communications" is unconstitutional as applied to three broadcast advertisements that appellee proposed to run in 2004.

Question:

Is the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act's ban on the use of corporate treasury funds for political advertisements in the 60 days before an election unconstitutional as applied to advertisements that do not explicitly endorse or oppose a candidate?

Note:

FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE QUESTION OF JURISDICTION IS POSTPONED TO THE HEARING OF THE CASES ON THE MERITS. EXPEDITED BRIEFING SCHEDULE.

Holding: AFFIRMED
Vote: 5-4
Majority: Chief Justice Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
Concurring: Alito,Scalia,Kennedy,Thomas
Dissenting: Souter,Stevens,Ginsburg,Breyer
Read FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION V. WISCONSIN RIGHT TO LIFE, INC. opinion (PDF)
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