Federal Election Commission v. Christine Beaumont
U.S. Supreme Court
(opposing the federal ban on campaign contributions by nonprofit advocacy corporations)

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North Carolina Right to Life and other organizations challenged the ban on corporate campaign contributions as applied to nonprofit advocacy corporations.

CLDEF’s amicus curiae brief urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Federal Election Campaign Act’s ban on contributions by certain incorporated nonprofit advocacy groups in federal elections as unconstitutional.

Our brief itemized the numerous FEC-created exceptions to the statutory ban on corporate contributions, supported the extension of the Supreme Court’s rule in Massachusetts Citizens for Life case dealing with independent expenditures to contributions, and explained how this provision of the FECA violates the Freedom of the Press.

The Supreme Court upheld the corporate contribution ban.

CLDEF Amicus Curiae Brief (February 10, 2003)

U.S. Supreme Court Opinion