Tuesday, March 24, 2009


A conservative group called Citizens United has seen its case rise to the Supreme Court, where Justices are hearing arguments from speech regulators---acting on the authority of McCain/Feingold campaign finance statutes---concerning whether or not a 90-minute "movie" that is critical of New York Senator Hillary Clinton should be subject to restrictions imposed upon other political speech, such as television "attack ads".

The rub came for backers of the film when they sought to position the content in key markets for television comsumption through "On Demand" services. That's when the Solicitor General's Office said, "Oh, no you di'nt". See the United States Supreme Court tied up in knots attempting to explain how the campaign finance law they have endorsed applies to increasingly homogenous methods of media delivery, which elude conventional classification.

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