Federal, state, and local governments have attempted to prevent abuses that often accompany lavishly financed political campaigns by restricting campaign contributions and expenditures. In a series of decisions, the Supreme Court of the United States has become increasingly willing to invalidate these regulations on first amendment grounds. The author critically analyzes these decisions and their deleterious effect on equal access to the media in political campaigns, concluding that the Buckley v. Valeo approval of contribution limitations has been essentially overruled.
Ira E. Hoffman,
Legislative Regulation of Campaign Financing After Citizens Against Rent Control v. City of Berkeley: A Requiem,
36 U. Miami L. Rev.
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