If you like Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” be thankful for the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The right to publish this book was guaranteed by the Court’s controversial, yet sound ruling.
Recall the case involved a nonprofit corporation named Citizens United that produced a documentary critical of Hillary Clinton it wanted to run over cable systems on demand. No problem, right? Not quite. At the time, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 prohibited corporations, including nonprofits, from using their funds for certain broadcast communications that named a candidate close to an election or for “express advocacy” communications that urged the election or defeat of any federal candidate.
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