The world without Austin

Eliza Newlin Carney’s latest discusses litigation strategy and the campaign finance world if Citizens United overrules Austin.

The upshot could be an outpouring of unregulated, often-undisclosed spending by both big corporations and tax-exempt political organizations, election lawyers say. “The trend is toward deregulation,” said former FEC general counsel Lawrence H. Norton, who is of counsel at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice. The role of outside political groups, he added, can be expected to “expand dramatically as soon as 2010.”

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