SUPREME COURT ISSUES OPINION IN CITIZENS UNITED V. FEC
WASHINGTON – Today the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. ___ (2010). The text of the opinion may be found at: http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-205.pdf or http://www.fec.gov/law/litigation/cu_sc08_opinion.pdf . The Commission is considering the impact of the opinion on its existing regulations, as well as its ongoing enforcement processes, and will be providing guidance to the public as soon as possible regarding what steps will be taken to comply fully with the opinion.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.