The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) sent a letter to Tennessee legislators today regarding a bill that directly challenges the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Senate Bill 3672 would prohibit incorporated entities from spending money from their general treasuries on independent expenditures-political ads advocating for or against state candidates. The Supreme Court expressly forbade such bans on this type of political speech in Citizens United.
“Passing this bill would require the state to waste precious resources defending the misguided law in court, a challenge it will ultimately lose,” said CCP Research and Government Relations Director Laura Renz. “We encourage Volunteer State legislators to not waste further time and constituent tax dollars considering this restriction on Tennesseans’ First Amendment rights.”
CCP is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization formed by former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith to promote and protect the First Amendment political rights of speech, assembly and petition.