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Noah Feldman

An Attack on Citizens United, Through the Back Door

Campaign-finance reform advocates have a new legal strategy.
More than one way to get here.

More than one way to get here.

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A group of high-profile legal minds wants the Supreme Court to eliminate super-PACs, the advocacy groups that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash to praise and attack political candidates.

But instead of asking the court to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court case that lifted many restraints on political spending, Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, they plan to ask the justices to overturn a lower court decision that interpreted Citizens United to open the door to the super-PACs.