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2012

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Nancy J. Whitmore

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Facing The Fear: A Free Market Approach For Economic Expression, Nancy J. Whitmore May 2012

Facing The Fear: A Free Market Approach For Economic Expression, Nancy J. Whitmore

Nancy J. Whitmore

Commentators differ on whether a diminished constitutional status for profit-driven speech is consistent with free speech theory. Most recently, the Supreme Court of the United States in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission largely embraced an unfettered marketplace approach for political speech financed by corporate treasuries. Given the harm a free market approach is said to have produced in the economic realm, is this approach useful for structuring the constitutional protection economic expression receives? This article discusses the placement of economic expression within First Amendment theory and contends that restrictions on economic speech should be aimed at combating deceptive economic ...