'Citizens United' Is Misunderstood

, New York Law Journal


The article by Jerry Goldfeder and Myrna Perez ("2013's Top Ten: From Voting Rights Act to Moreland Commission," Dec. 30), mischaracterizes the holding in the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. They claim that the court in that case "ruled that corporations, unions and wealthy individuals could spend unlimited sums on behalf of or against a candidate, as long as it was independent of that candidate's campaign." And they claim that as a result, election campaigns were dominated by such independent contributions, most of it by wealthy individuals.

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