You are probably aware that one of the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases of this term, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, was decided last month and has generated much discussion, analysis and controversy. In the wake of the Court's ruling that the federal government may not prohibit direct spending in advertising by corporations and unions in candidate elections, questions remain about how this will impact laws in at least 23 states that ban or limit this kind of spending. The National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) has compiled a useful chart summarizing these state laws, linked to an expert overview of the kinds of campaign finance regulation states have adopted.
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