At a Glance
About this Case
In 2007, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, held that BCRA’s prohibition on corporate electioneering communications—defined as broadcast ads within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election that named a candidate and were targeted at the relevant voters—was unconstitutional as applied to ads that did not constitute express advocacy of the election or defeat of a candidate or its functional equivalent. However, the Court did not find the same “express advocacy” limitation applied to BCRA’s disclosure requirements for electioneering communications.
The CLC was part of the legal team representing Amici Curiae Senator John McCain, Representative Christopher Shays and Representative Martin Meehan in support of the FEC.