What is Citizens United? | An Introduction

What is Citizens United? The short answer is it’s two different but related things: a Political Action Committee (PAC) in Washington, D.C., and a Supreme Court case about election spending in which the aforementioned PAC was the plaintiff. Both lie at the center of a debate over the role corporations play in society.

The Intercept has uncovered how Citizens United let two Chinese citizens give $1.3 million to a Super PAC via a U.S. corporation they own.

How a Top GOP Lawyer Guided a Chinese-Owned Company Into U.S. Presidential Politics

Six days after the Supreme Court lifted restrictions on corporate money in U.S. elections with its January 21, 2010, ruling in Citizens United, President Obama warned in his State of the Union address that it would “open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.”

And ignoring the title this is a serious explanation too…


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