The Lasting Impact of Citizens United on State Law

Published:  Feb 04, 2013

by Erin Burger-Gohl

While the Citizens United ruling did not directly affect existing state laws, nearly half of the states in the union had existing laws that limited corporate and union spending in statewide campaigns. Most states responded to the Citizens United ruling by repealing existing independent expenditure bans and extended existing disclosure and disclaimer requirements. However, several states have either attempted to stand up to the ruling or took preventative measures to crack down on dark money before spending grew out of control.