The Academy, Campaign Finance, and Free Speech under Fire

25 J.L. & Pol’y ____(Forthcoming)

24 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2016

Date Written: September 27, 2016

Abstract

This short essay, part of a symposium on "Free Speech Under Fire" at Brooklyn Law School, argues that academic efforts to fit campaign finance restrictions within the rubric of the First Amendment have distorted First Amendment doctrine, and contributed to a decline in respect for free speech generally. The essay briefly reviews and critiques recent scholarship by Robert Post ("Citizens Divided"), Richard Hasen ("Plutocrats United"), Larry Lessig, and Zephyr Teachout.

Keywords: Campaign Finance, First Amendment, Bradley Smith, Hasen, Lessig, Post, Teachout

Suggested Citation

Smith, Bradley A., The Academy, Campaign Finance, and Free Speech under Fire (September 27, 2016). 25 J.L. & Pol’y ____(Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2865773

Bradley A. Smith (Contact Author)

Capital University Law School ( email )

303 E BROAD ST
COLUMBUS, OH 43215-3201
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.capital.edu/Faculty/Bios/bsmith.asp

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