Can any area of the law be more complicated than Campaign Finance? The landmark decision in campaign finance, Buckley v. Valeo, is 294 pages long. That’s a textbook, not a court decision! This class seeks to obtain the impossible: make campaign finance law seem simple, concise and non-life threatening! To that end, we explore the history of corruption in politics, the efforts to curb that corruption, and what the Court thinks of those efforts. Along the way, we will discuss the landmark Supreme Court campaign finance cases of Buckley v. Valeo, Citizens United v. FEC, McCutcheon v. FEC, and Arizona Free Enterprise Club v. Bennett. By the end of this class, you will know the distinction between expenditures and contributions, candidates and measures, and why you avoid campaign finance like holiday fruit cake.
Instructions: To start this course please click on “Video 1”. The course is broken up into four 15 minute segments (for 1 hour courses) or four 30 minute segments (for 2 hour courses). You must complete each video segment in order to move on to the next. At some point in the video, there will be a passcode spoken and displayed on the screen, please write this passcode down, as you will need to enter it at the end of CLE to verify attendance.