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Federal Election Comm'n v. Wisconsin Right to Life

United States Supreme Court
551 U.S. 449 (2007)


Facts

Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) (“McCain-Feinfold”) makes it a federal crime for a corporation to broadcast, shortly before an election, a communication which names a federal candidate for office and is targeted towards the voting population. The Supreme Court previously concluded in McConnell v. Federal Election Comm’n, 540 U.S. 93 (2003) that § 203 was not overbroad as applied to speech by corporations that was the “functional equivalent” of express campaign speech, or express advocacy. However, the Court did not confront the issue of whether § 203 is overbroad when applied to purely issue ads. In 2004, Wisconsin Right to Life (WRTL) ran several issue advertisements urging constituents to protest the Senate’s filibuster of judicial nominees. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) (plaintiff) sued Wisconsin Right to Life (defendant) in district court to prevent airing of the advertisements.  The court reviewed the ads, found no compelling state interest to abridge their airing and rejected the FEC’s arguments.  The FEC appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Roberts, C.J.)

Concurrence (Alito, J.)

Concurrence (Scalia, J.)

Dissent (Souter, J.)

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