Chief Justice Thomas Moyer / Corporate Spending in Elections
Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, who led Ohio’s Supreme Court for nearly a quarter of a century, was the nation’s longest-serving active state chief justice when he passed away last week. Remembering Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, with Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger and The Columbus Dispatch senior editor Joe Hallett.
In a controversial decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down long-standing federal restrictions on corporate spending in federal elections. Two points of view on the issue of corporations as “persons” deserving constitutional rights and the constitutional basis for the ruling, with Northeast Ohio American Friends Service committee director Greg Coleridge and Capital University Law School professor and former Federal Election Commission chairman Bradley Smith.