Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Today marks the 4 year anniversary of the Citizens United decision and tomorrow marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Corporations, the First Amendment, and Reproductive choice/freedom may have seemed like odd bed-fellows, but all three issues come together in the upcoming Hobby Lobby case challenging the application of access to birth control required under the health care law to a corporation whose owners oppose the extension on the grounds of religious freedom.
Consider this a teaser on the issues offered up in the Hobby Lobby case. Law professors are filing amicus briefs on this case coming down on either side of the issue. One group arguing that religious views of the owners should not protect the corporation from complying and another arguing that the religious views of the owners can be imputed to the corporation and thus exempt it from compliance. This is set to be a fantastically interesting issue, and hopefully one that will generate some healthy debate on this blog. There will be more to come from me on this issue, but for now...consider this a teaser (or a place holder).
And if you crave more substance and internet sleuthing this afternoon, let me refer you to a list of 7 charts that is making its rounds in the blogosphere today. These charts detail the consequences of Citizens United in the last four years. The results are not surprising and include:increased outside spending, conservative spending outpacing liberal spending 2:1, more political ads and occurring earlier, and decreased disclosures. You can see the version posted by the Washington Post here.