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First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti (doc. #: 76-1172) (1978)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 11/09/1977
Decided 04/26/1978
Supreme Court Vote 5-4
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim affirmed
 
IssueWhether a state criminal statute that forbids certain expenditures by banks and business corporations for the purpose of influencing the vote on referendum proposals violates the First Amendment.
 
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Powell, J.
Concurring Opinion Burger, C.J.
Dissenting Opinion White, J. (joined by Brennan, J. & Marshall, J.), & Rehnquist, J.
Lower Court Massachusetts Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Francis H. Fox (for Appellants)

For Respondent
Thomas R. Kiley, Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts (for Appellees)

Briefs
For Amicus
Henry Paul Monaghan for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Inc., et al.

James S. Hostetler for the New England Council

Jerome H. Torshen, Jeffrey Cole, Stanley T. Kaleczyc, Jr. & Lawrence B. Kraus for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States

Mike Greely, Attorney General, and Jack Lowe, Special Assistant Attorney General, for the State of Montana

Ronald A. Zumbrun, Robert K. Best, John H. Findley, Albert Ferri, Jr., and W. Hugh O'Riordan for the Pacific Legal Foundation

William C. Oldaker for the Federal Election Commission

Other
Brody, Steven G. & Johnson, Bruce E.H., ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL SPEECH: A FIRST AMENDMENT GUIDE (2nd ed., 2006) §3:10
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES & POLICIES (2nd ed., 2002), sect. 11.3, pp. 1042-1043
Garrett, Elizabeth, "The Law & Economics of 'Informed Voter' Ballot Nominations," 85 Virginia Law Review 1533 (1999)
Lowenstein, Daniel, "Campaign Spending & Ballot Propositions," 29 UCLA Law Review 505 (1982)
Neuborne, Burt, "Is Money Different?," 77 Texas Law Review 1609 (1999)
Redish, Martin, MONEY TALKS: SPEECH, ECONOMIC POWER & THE VALUES OF DEMOCRACY (N.Y.U. Press, 2001)
Schneider, "Free Speech & Corporate Freedom," 59 Southern California Law Review 1227 (1986)
Schockley, John S., "Direct Democracy, Campaign Finance, and the Courts," 39 University of Miami Law Review 377 (1985)
Smolla, Rodney, SMOLLA AND NIMMER ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH (1994), sect. 9.03 [2] [a]
Tribe, Laurence, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (2nd ed., 1988), sect. 12-3, pp. 794-796
Winkler, Adam, "Beyond Bellotti," 32 Loyola Los Angeles Law Review 133 (1998)
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