Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Infobox SCOTUS case
Litigants=Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce
ArgueDate=October 31
ArgueYear=1989
DecideDate=March 27
DecideYear=1990
FullName=Austin, Michigan Secretary of State, et al. v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce
USVol=494
USPage=652
Citation=110 S. Ct. 1391; 108 L. Ed. 2d 652; 1990 U.S. LEXIS 1665; 58 U.S.L.W. 4371
Prior=
Subsequent=
Holding=
SCOTUS=1988-1990
Majority=Marshall
JoinMajority=Rehnquist, Brennan, White, Blackmun, Stevens
Concurrence=Brennan
Concurrence2=Stevens
Dissent=Scalia
Dissent2=Kennedy
JoinDissent2=O'Connor, Scalia
LawsApplied=

"Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce", 494 U.S. 652 (1990), was a recent case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held the Michigan Campaign Finance act which prohibited corporations from using treasury money to support or oppose candidates in elections did not violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The Court upheld the restriction on corporate speech based on the notion that " [c] orporate wealth can unfairly influence elections," and the Michigan law still allowed the corporation to make contributions from a segregated fund.

External links

* [http://www.enfacto.com/case/U.S./494/652/ Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, 494 U.S. 652 (1990)] (opinion full text).


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