In a New York Daily News op-ed, Professor Joel Gora praised the recent ruling by a New York federal appeals court that limitations on contributions to independent political organizations — or “super PACs” — are likely unconstitutional. Ever since the Supreme Court's landmark 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo — a case for which Professor Gora was one of the ACLU lawyers — First Amendment law has dictated that “individuals and groups have an unfettered right to make such ‘independent expenditures’ in political campaigns,” he wrote. The reasoning is that such expenditures act as a safeguard, ensuring that the public has as much information as possible from varied and independent sources: “Free speech plus freedom of association equals super PACs as sure as one plus one equals two.”
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