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First Amendment column: Time will tell in Citizens United decision

7:32 AM, Nov. 14, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- There's one result from the election that we likely won't know for months or even years: the full meaning of this year's massive run-up in campaign spending.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in its Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, freed corporations, unions and others to spend as much on elections as they wish - setting up the circumstances for the financial version of Superstorm Sandy in this year's races.

The Court voted 5-4 that limits on corporate spending violated First Amendment political free-speech rights. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for ...

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