By Jeffrey D. Clements, Principal, Clements Law Office, LLC. Mr. Clements filed an amicus brief in the Citizens United case on behalf of several democracy advocacy organizations, and serves as general counsel of Free Speech for People. He is also author of the ACS Issue Brief "Beyond Citizens United v. FEC: Re-Examining Corporate Rights."
The Virginia tax-exempt corporation calling itself Citizens United has come out swinging against President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The organization's president, David Bossie, takes umbrage with President Obama's statement that Ms. Kagan fights for ordinary citizens as shown by her argument "in the Citizens United case, [where] she defended bipartisan campaign finance reform against special interests seeking to spend unlimited money to influence our elections."
Citizens United, of course, is responsible for the Supreme Court's now notorious 5-4 holding in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission that created, for the first time in American history, "corporate speech" rights for all corporations that are equivalent to the people's speech rights for purposes of expenditures in American campaigns and elections.