PLS 460 Federal Election Commission v NCPAC

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Federal Election Commission v NCPAC Facts of the Case: 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. Question: Did the law violate the NCPAC's First Amendment rights of free speech and association? Conclusion: Yes. The Court held that the expenditures prohibited by the Federal Election Campaign Act were "at the
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Unformatted text preview: 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. Decisions Decision: 7 votes for NCPAC, 2 vote(s) against Legal provision: Amendment 1: Speech, Press, and Assembly...
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2010 for the course PLS 460 taught by Professor Lermack during the Spring '10 term at Bradley.

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