Citizens United Five Years After The Supreme Court Ruling

Protestors rally for The Supreme Court to overturn Citizens United v. FEC in Washington, D.C. 

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. 

Many decried the ruling as a blow to democracy because it loosened restrictions on campaign spending and gave corporations status as people. Opponents continue their push to overturn it – or at least lessen its impact through greater transparency. But supporters argue that the 2010 decision did not unleash a flood of money in politics. They say corporate spending on elections remains a small percentage of the total, and dark predictions about political influence have not played out. We look at the legacy of Citizens United five years out.


  • Fredreka Schouten reporter covering campaign-finance and lobbying issues for USA Today.
  • Jan Baran head of the election law group at Wiley Rein LLP, former general counsel to the Republican National Committee and author of "The Election Law Primer for Corporations."
  • Robert Weissman president, Public Citizen.
  • Matea Gold reporter covering money and politics, The Washington Post.

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