Supreme Court Term 09: Paul M. Smith on Citizens United and Court "Activism"

September 29, 2009

Following his participation in an ACS preview of the Supreme Court's approaching term, longtime Court litigator Paul M. Smith talked with ACSblog about the major corporate campaign finance case, Citizens United v. FEC and how the Court's decision in that case is likely to reflect a continuing "activism." Smith, a partner at Jenner & Block, said it was "very likely" that the high court could overturn precedent regarding regulation of corporate campaign financing in Citizens United, thereby fundamentally altering the balance of power in elections. Watch Smith's entire interview below or download it as a podcast here. For more discussion of Citizens United, which involves campaign finance regulation and the First Amendment, see an ACSblog guest post from the Constitutional Accountability Center's (CAC) Doug Kendall here