Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Stetson University College of Law

Professor of Law

1401 61st Street South

Gulfport, FL 33707

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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“  My second book "Political Brands" was published in 2019 by Elgar. My ORCID iD is 0000-0002-6813-6882  ”

Scholarly Papers (31)

1.

Has the Tide Turned in Favor of Disclosure? Revealing Money in Politics after Citizens United and Doe v. Reed

Georgia State University Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 4, p. 1057, 2011, Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2012-04
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 06 Jul 2011 Last Revised: 12 Jan 2013
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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Citizens United, Doe v. Reed, disclosure, campaign finance, transparency, money in politics, Wisconsin Right to Life II, WRTL, constitutionality, state law, harassment exception, de minimis exception, NAACP v. Alabama, Karl Rove

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Dark Money As a Political Sovereignty Problem

28(2) Kings Law Journal 239 (2017).
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 05 Nov 2016 Last Revised: 27 Apr 2018
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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election, elections, campaign finance, money in politics, dark money, Emoluments Clause, Emolument, secret money, foreign money, political contribiutions, political expenditures, solicitation, FARA, BCRA, FECA, political, democracy, popular sovereignty, foreign interference, US elections

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Corporate Political Spending & Shareholders’ Rights: Why the U.S. Should Adopt the British Approach

RISK MANAGEMENT AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, Jalilvand & Malliaris, eds., Routledge, 2011
Number of pages: 70 Posted: 18 Sep 2009 Last Revised: 31 Dec 2011
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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shareholder protection, corporate pac, corporate political spending, campaign finance, corporate law, election law, campaign finance law, contributions, political donation, companies act, U.K., agency, notice, consent, shareholder authorization, corporate political activity,securities laws, risk

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Hiding Behind the Tax Code, the Dark Election of 2010 and Why Tax-Exempt Entities Should Be Subject to Robust Federal Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws

Nexus: Chapman's Journal of Law & Policy, Vol. 16, p. 59, 2011, Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2012-07
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 07 May 2011 Last Revised: 10 Apr 2012
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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Citizens United, disclosure, disclaimer, reporting, campaign finance, money in politics, 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6), Chamber of Commerce, nonprofit, corporate spending, corporate political spending, corporate political activity, constitutional, election law

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Shareholder-Authorized Corporate Political Spending in the U.K.

University of San Francisco Law Review, Vol. 46, p. 479, Spring 2012, Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2012-8
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 29 May 2011 Last Revised: 08 May 2012
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy and Kathy Fogel
Stetson University College of Law and Suffolk University - Department of Finance
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Companies Act, Corporate Political Spending, Shareholder Authorization, Citizens United, Companies Act of the U.K., Corporate Political Activity, Campaign Finance, Elections, Corporate Governance, Shareholder Rights, Shareholder Vote, Transparency, Agency, Moral Hazard

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How Much is an Ambassadorship? And the Tale of How Watergate Led to a Strong Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and a Weak Federal Election Campaign Act

Chapman Law Review, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2012
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 28 Apr 2012 Last Revised: 18 Jul 2012
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
Downloads 302 (152,958)
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FECA, FCPA, campaign finance, money in politics, quid pro quo, corruption, Watergate, bribery, rule of law, SEC, DOJ, shareholder, investor, corporate political activity, laundering

7.

Deregulating Corruption

Harvard Law & Policy Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2019
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 05 Aug 2019
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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Money in Politics, Campaign Finance, Supreme Court, First Amendment, White Collar Crime, Bribery, Quid Pro Quo, Corruption, Citizens United, Mccutcheon, Mcconnell, Bennett, Davis, Fec, Skilling, Mcdonnell, Public Law, Public Corruption, Law, Legal, Trump, Political Brands, Constitution, Election Law

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Corporate Campaign Spending: Giving Shareholders a Voice

Number of pages: 44 Posted: 16 Feb 2010
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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Citizens United, Shareholder Protection, Corporate Governance, Democracy, Campaign Finance Reform, British Companies Act, Brennan Center, U.K. Political Parties

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Safeguarding Markets from Pernicious Pay to Play: A Model Explaining Why the SEC Regulates Money in Politics

Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2013, Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2013-02
Number of pages: 53 Posted: 03 Dec 2012 Last Revised: 19 Jul 2014
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
Downloads 217 (212,464)
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pay to play, corruption, SEC, Levitt, Watergate, Sporkin, campaign finance, Blount, municipal bonds, public pension, slush fund, bribe, disclosure, transparency, Citizens United, Super PAC, Rule G-37, Rule 206(4)-5, corporate political activity, expenditures, Buckley, SpeechNow

10.

Transparent Elections after Citizens United

Number of pages: 34 Posted: 07 Mar 2011
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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campaign finance, money in politics, corporate political activity, disclosure, transparency, political spending, 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6), Citizens United, Doe v. Reed, Caperton, 2010 Election, Torres-Spelliscy

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Shooting Your Brand in the Foot: What Citizens United Invites

68 Rutgers University Law Review 1295 (Spring 2016)
Number of pages: 68 Posted: 26 Sep 2015 Last Revised: 03 Nov 2016
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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branding, corporate governance, agency costs, money in politics, campaign finance, boycott, divest, risk, corporate political activity, corporate political spending, Citizens United, Bellotti

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The Political Branding of COVID-19: A Narrative Explained by President Trump’s Five Stages of Grief

Chapter in book, 'Feeling Democracy' Forthcoming
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 17 Nov 2020 Last Revised: 11 Mar 2022
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, COVID-19, misinformation, disinformation, information silos, partisanship, partisan President Trump, Donald Trump, Political Brands, Republican, Democrat, DNC, RNC, 2020 election, Dr. Fauci, trust, mistrust, pandemic, infodemic

13.

Time Suck: How the Fundraising Treadmill Diminishes Effective Governance

Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Vol. 42 (2018), Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2018-1
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 07 Dec 2017 Last Revised: 21 Oct 2018
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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campaign finance, dialing for dollars, pay to play, corruption, candidate time, federal candidates, Congress, President, fundraising, solicitation, Randall v. Sorrell, Buckley v. Valeo, money in politics

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Corporate Democracy from Say on Pay to Say on Politics

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Corporate Democracy from Say on Pay to Say on Politics, 30(2) Constitutional Commentary 431 (Summer 2015).
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 03 Mar 2015 Last Revised: 08 Aug 2015
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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Executive compensation, Citizens United, Corporate political activity, corporate political spending, Dodd-Frank, shareholder rights, shareholder democracy, shareholder voting, proxy, money in politics, campaign finance, corporate law, corporate governance, securities law, election law

15.

The Democracy We Left Behind in Greece and McCutcheon

89 New York University Law Review 112 (2014), Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2014-4
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 04 Aug 2014 Last Revised: 20 Oct 2014
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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campaign finance, poltical contributions, freedom of religion, church and state, First Amendment, Supreme Court, jurispurdence, public prayer, elections, money in politics, millionaires amendment, aggregate contribution limits, Justice O'Connor, establishment clause, free speech clause

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Improving Judicial Diversity

WOMEN AND THE LAW, Jane C. Moriarty, ed., West, 2009
Number of pages: 76 Posted: 25 May 2009 Last Revised: 24 May 2011
Monique Chase, Emma Greenman and Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
affiliation not provided to SSRN, affiliation not provided to SSRN and Stetson University College of Law
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judicial, diversity, minority, women, jurist, state courts, Brennan Center

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Taking Opt-In Rights Seriously: What Knox v. SEIU Could Mean for Post-Citizens United Shareholder Rights

74 Montana Law Review 101 (2013)
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 28 Feb 2013 Last Revised: 21 Feb 2014
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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Citizens United, Knox v. SEIU, American Tradition Partnership, campaign finance, money in politics, consent, shareholder, corporate governance, union dues, compelled speech, transparency, disclosure, SEC, nonmembers, dissenting members, dissenting shareholders, shareholder vote, objecting members

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Writing Reform: A Guide to Drafting State & Local Campaign Finance Laws (2010 Revised Edition)

Number of pages: 201 Posted: 24 Dec 2010 Last Revised: 06 Jul 2011
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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Campaign Finance, Money in Politics, Citizens United, Davis v. FEC, independent expenditures, electioneering communications, contribution limits, disclosure, Torres-Spelliscy

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The SEC and Dark Political Money: An Historical Argument for Requiring Disclosure

Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2013-16
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 22 Jun 2013 Last Revised: 21 Nov 2013
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
Downloads 138 (313,322)
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SEC, corporate governance, pay to play, bribe, FCPA, MSRB, transparency, disclosure, campaign finance, money in politics, Citizens United, Watergate, corruption, public choice, municipal bonds, public pension funds, securities law, SEC petition, CPA

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The $500 Million Question: Are the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations Really State Pacs Under Buckley's Major Purpose Test?

New York University: Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, 2012, Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2012-13
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 20 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 09 May 2012
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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Republican Governors Association, Democratic Governors Association, RGA, DGA, campaign finance, money in politics, corporate contributions, corporate political spending, 527, state election law, election regulation, Buckley v. Valeo, major purpose test, state PAC, state political action committee

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Campaign Finance, Free Speech, and Boycotts

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2018
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 23 Jan 2018 Last Revised: 22 Feb 2018
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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Money in Politics, Campaign Finance, Boycott, Claiborne Hardware, harassment, freedom of speech, first amendment, constitution, Supreme Court, election law, consumers, transparency, partisanship

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Slaves to the Bottom Line: The Corporate Role in Slavery from Nuremberg to Now

Stetson Law Review, Vol. 46, 2016
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 08 Feb 2017
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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Slave, Slavery, Forced Labor, Forced Labour, Farben, Krupp, Flick, Nuremberg Trials, Nuremberg Tribunals, Nazi, Holocaust, Auschwitz, Dr. Mengele, Bayer, Nestle, Supreme Court, Jurisdiction

23.

Electoral Competition and Low Contribution Limits

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 07 May 2009 Last Revised: 26 Nov 2019
Kahlil Williams, Thomas Stratmann and Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
New York University (NYU) - Brennan Center for Justice, George Mason University - Buchanan Center Political Economy and Stetson University College of Law
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contribution limits, public financing, electoral competition, incumbency, challengers, Randall v. Sorrell, Supreme Court

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The Political Branding of the Big Lie

2022 University of Illinois Law Review 100, Forthcoming, Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2022-11
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 23 Jun 2022 Last Revised: 23 Oct 2022
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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January 6, January 6th, 2020 Election, 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, 2020 Election, Trump, Decertify, Vote by Mail, Brands, political messaging, supreme court, Kraken, Sanctions, Alvarez, perjury, insurrection

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The Political Branding of Us and Them: The Branding of Asian Immigrants in the Democratic and Republican Party Platforms and Supreme Court Opinions 1876-1924

New York University Law Review, Vol. 96, 2021, Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2022-1
Number of pages: 63 Posted: 19 Apr 2021 Last Revised: 12 Oct 2021
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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Republican, Democratic, political party, party platform, branding, racism, immigration, immigrant, Chinese, Asian, Supreme Court, citizenship, naturalization, xenophobia, Sinophobia, Chinese Exclusion Act, Kearney, Caste, race, ethnicity, Thind, Ozawa, Chung Fook v. White, Plessy, Chae Chin Ping

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Running the D.C. Circuit Gauntlet on Cost Benefit Analysis after Citizens United: Empirical Evidence from SOX and the JOBS Act

Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, 2014, Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2014-6
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 22 Apr 2014 Last Revised: 20 Oct 2014
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Kathy Fogel and Rwan El-Khatib
Stetson University College of Law, Suffolk University - Department of Finance and Zayed University - College of Business
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cost benefit analysis, CBA, SEC, Citizens United, SOX, JOBS Act, securities regulations, disclosure, D.C. Circuit, corporate, public firms, public corporations, rulemaking, APA

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What Albany Could Learn from New York City: A Model of Meaningful Campaign Finance Reform in Action

Albany Government Law Review, Vol. 1, p. 194, 2008
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 23 May 2009 Last Revised: 24 May 2011
Ari Weisbard and Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
affiliation not provided to SSRN and Stetson University College of Law
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New York State, campaign finance, public financing, clean elections, contribution limits, New York City, disclosure, pay-to-play

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Electoral Silver Linings after Shelby, Citizens United, and Bennett

17 Berkeley J. Afr.-Am. L. & Pol'y 103, Touro Journal of Race, Gender & Ethnicity, 2015, Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2013-11
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 08 Sep 2013 Last Revised: 01 Jul 2015
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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supreme court, SCOTUS, litigation, severability, democracy, election, election law, campaign finance, VRA, voting rights act, bail in

29.

From a Mint on a Hotel Pillow to an Emolument

Mercer Law Review Vol. 70, No. 3 (2019)
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 02 Jun 2020
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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emoluments, foreign emoluments clause, domestic emoluments clause, U.S. Constitution, standing, CREW v. Trump, DC v. Trump, Blumenthal v. Trump, President Trump, corruption, graft, greed

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Elegy for Anti-corruption Law: How the Bridgegate Case Could Crush Corruption Prosecutions and Boost Liars

American University Law Review, Vol. 69, No. 5, 2020
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 02 Jun 2020
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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white collar crime, corruption, campaign finance, lying, Alvarez, Skilling, McDonnell, Citizens United, McCutcheon, prosecution, Bridgegate, Kelly, Baroni, Chris Christie, Supreme Court, First Amendment, federal crime, constitutional law

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Comment Submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission Endorsing a New Rule on Transparency of Corporate Political Spending

Number of pages: 19 Posted: 08 Nov 2011
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Stetson University College of Law
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SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Corporate Political Spending, Corporate Political Activity, Blount, pay to play, pay-to-play, disclosure, transparency, rulemaking, Citizens United, shareholder, shareholder rights, agency problem, moral hazard