The report, "The Roberts Court and Corporations: The Numbers Tell the Story," states:
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision this past January in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, holding that corporations have the same constitutional rights aa individuals to spend money to influence elections, has focused a national spotlight on the rulings of the Roberts Court in cases involving the interests of big business and led to charges that the conservative majority on the Roberts Court is being ‘activist' in favoring corporate interests.
To test empirically the idea that the five conservatives on the Roberts Court tend to side with corporate interests, at least more than their colleagues do, we have examined, for those cases in which the United Chamber of Commerce participated as a party or as an amicus curiae, every opinion released by the Roberts Court since Justice Samuel Alito began participating in decisions in early 2006 through May 2010 - a universe of 53 cases - and we tracked the votes of each Justice in each of the cases. Over that period, a cohesive five-justice majority on the Court has produced victories for the Chamber's side 64% of cases overall, and 71% of closely divided cases.
Writing for Mother Jones, Stephanie Mencimer concludes the CAC study reveals that Justice Alito (pictured) is the Chamber's most reliable vote, noting he "voted for the Chamber in 75 percent of the cases. Even more striking, however, is that in the most contested 5-4 cases, Alito never voted against the Chamber."