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Day 21/01/2011

The Twilight Zone

David N. Bossie and Theodore B. Olson, A victory for independent speech, Wash. Post, Jan. 21, 2011, at A19.

One year ago today, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. It upheld the First Amendment rights of individuals acting through corporations and labor unions to participate in our political process, and it struck down an oppressive thicket of statutes restricting – and even criminalizing – their political speech.

… Today, thanks to Citizens United, we may celebrate that the First Amendment confirms what our forefathers fought for: “the freedom to think for ourselves.”

David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United. Theodore B. Olson was lead counsel for Citizens United in its lawsuit against the FEC.