Federal Election Commission v NCPAC

Federal Election Commission v NCPAC - a. Yes. The Court...

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Federal Election Commission v. NCPAC 1975 I. Facts a. In 1975, the National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC) was accused by both the Democratic Party of the United States and the Federal Election Commission of violating the Federal Election Campaign Act. The Act stipulated that independent political action committees could not spend more than $1,000 to support the election of a presidential candidate. This case was decided together with Democratic Party v. NCPAC. b. II. Legal Questions presented a. Did the law violate the NCPAC's First Amendment rights of free speech and association? b. III. Answers
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Unformatted text preview: a. Yes. The Court held that the expenditures prohibited by the Federal Election Campaign Act were "at the core of the First Amendment" and could not be restricted by the government. The Court rejected the notion that the PACs' form of organization diminished their entitlement to First Amendment protection. The Court drew a distinction between contributions to candidates--which were open to corruption--and contributions to independent organizations in support of candidates. IV. Reasons (by ___) a. Form of argument b. Legal doctrines V. Dissent reasons VI. Concurring reasons Notes...
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2010 for the course PLS 460 taught by Professor Lermack during the Spring '10 term at Bradley.

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