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Jun 02

Amending the First Amendment: Silencing Free Speech?

The Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

On June 3, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC and a proposed constitutional amendment, S.J.Res. 19. This unprecedented amendment would change the First Amendment and overturn a long line of Supreme Court decisions governing campaign finance restrictions. What was the McCutcheon decision about and why do some want to overturn it? Is this constitutional amendment part of a coordinated effort to stifle criticism of the government and elected officials? Does limiting the amount of money that can be raised and spent on political activity restrict free speech? Three campaign finance and First Amendment experts, including one of the lawyers who argued the McCutcheon case before the Supreme Court, as well a former chairman and a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, will discuss these issues and the upcoming Senate hearing.

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Bobby Burchfield

Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Don McGahn
Partner, Patton Boggs, and former Chairman, Federal Election Commission

Hans von Spakovsky
Senior Legal Fellow and Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative, The Heritage Foundation

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