Making It Reign: Bow Down to Money (as Speech)

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Tracy Alice Olson.

Specifically, this Comment considers reconciling the level of scrutiny and deference due to campaign contributions and disclosure requirements with campaign expenditures. Part I traces the historical legal basis of campaign finance. Beginning with the Constitution, the background establishes the standards applied to free speech and campaign finance, including: anonymous speakers in the campaign finance context; recent congressional campaign finance legislation; and current challenges to campaign finance regulation. Part II proposes a reevaluation and elevation of the intermediate scrutiny standard to the strict scrutiny standard to better align campaign contributions and disclosure requirements as free speech.

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