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Forum: Citizens United & the Amendment Process (Martin D Carcieri)

Citizens United v. FEC (2010) may be the most infamous Supreme Court ruling of the past decade.

In this case, the Court struck down two provisions of federal law which limited corporate and union expenditures to advocate the election or defeat of candidates for federal office, holding that the provisions violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.

Martin Carcieri will explain that although this ruling rests firmly on earlier Court rulings, not only is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution invalidating Citizens United the most likely amendment that could be ratified in the next ten or twenty years, but also that such a recalibration of the balance between private and public power would be a highly appropriate use of the amendment process of Article V of the Constitution.

Martin Carcieri is an Associate Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, where he teaches courses and seminars on Constitutional Law and Political Theory. He holds a J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California, and has published twenty-five journal articles and book chapters.  He is a long time humanist, skeptic, and rationalist.

After the Forum, please join us for a buffet lunch at 12:15pm.  The lunch is complimentary for first-time visitors and students.


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  • Andrea D.

    The speaker was incredibly informative and open to conversation with the audience—his solution to the problem really energized everyone!

    July 30, 2013

  • Laura M.

    Marty Carcieri gave a great presentation! Informative! Engaging! I heard many people say they loved it. I hope he speaks again for us!

    July 28, 2013

  • Helen A.

    It was very good and clear, w/ a 2-page hand-out that was more useful than the usual PowerPoint presentation might've been

    July 28, 2013

  • Sandy S.

    Last week for Meg's presentation we had over 50 attendees. I bet there will be even more tomorrow to hear about Citizens United!

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • Andrea D.

    Meg Bowman is a wonderful speaker and playwright of historical figures!

    July 20, 2013

  • Andrea D.

    Hi, I've been a member of HCSV since 1988.

    July 20, 2013

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