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
DecideDate=March 27
FullName=Austin, Michigan Secretary of State, et al. v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Citation=110 S. Ct. 1391; 108 L. Ed. 2d 652; 1990 U.S. LEXIS 1665; 58 U.S.L.W. 4371
JoinMajority=Rehnquist, Brennan, White, Blackmun, Stevens
JoinDissent2=O'Connor, Scalia

"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.

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* [ Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, 494 U.S. 652 (1990)] (opinion full text).

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