On This Day: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

New Review

What is free speech? And does it apply to corporations looking to support federal campaigns? As decided in the controversial Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court determined that corporations have the same rights as people and can spend as much as they want in federal campaigns. At the same time, it helped non-profits get in the political game. Learners consider these issues by listening to journalists, politicians, and attorneys discuss the ruling. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Offer clips and invite pupils to research other First Amendment cases
  • Develop a discussion based on the videos to examine the role of money in federal elections
Classroom Considerations

  • Teachers must create a free C-SPAN Classroom account or use the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM to view the resource
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Videos do a good job of simplifying a complex case
  • Clips are balanced in perspective
Cons

  • None