Critics continue to decry money in American politics and blame the judicial decisions in Citizens United and SpeechNow for, among other things, prolonging the GOP nomination fight. Some members of Congress have responded by proposing a revised DISCLOSE Act, which proponents argue would increase disclosure and eliminate disproportionate influence in elections, and opponents denounce as an encroachment on free speech rights. Are the critics right about recent spending on speech? Have Citizens United and SpeechNow harmed American democracy? Should Congress move quickly to enact DISCLOSE? Please join us for looks back and forward in the perennial struggle over free speech and political spending.
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In this issue of Regulation, Jonathan H. Adler and Nathaniel Stewart make the case for property-based fishery management, utilizing territorial or catch-share allocation among fishery participants. Also in this issue, Michael L. Wachter explores the relationship between the much-maligned National Labor Relations Act and the decline in union membership.
Timothy Sandefur’s insightful new book documents a vital, forgotten truth: our Constitution was written to secure liberty, not to empower democracy.