Citizens United Outlook

The Washington Times provides an overview of what’s at stake in Citizens United┬áin this article this morning.

Other supporters of the legal effort say they welcome the court’s intervention, given the volumes of regulations that now surround the spending of money on elections.

“The field has become so complex that citizens cannot understand it and experts find it difficult,” eight former Republican appointees to the FEC wrote in a brief filed with the court. “The complexity requires citizens to hire specialists to speak. Specialists cost money. Errors risk penalties. Core political activity is chilled.”

Scott Thomas, a former Democratic appointee to the FEC, said he found it ironic that his former colleagues were basing a complaint on the complexity of the campaign-finance regulations.

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