Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission
On September 16, 2008, the American Civil Rights Union filed an amicus curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court urging the Court to take on appeal the case of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. This case involves a feature length, documentary film produced by Citizens United named Hillary: The Movie. Because the movie was about a candidate for President, the Federal Elections Commission ruled that it was subject to federal campaign finance laws. Consequently, the movie was prohibited from screening or broadcast during the 2008 election season while Hillary Clinton was still a candidate. The ACRU argued in its brief that this was a gross violation of Freedom of Speech under the First Amendment, and that the Supreme Court urgently needed to take the case to protect that freedom so critical and fundamental to our democracy.