- First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti
Infobox SCOTUS case
Litigants = First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti
ArgueDate = November 9
ArgueYear = 1977
DecideDate = April 26
DecideYear = 1978
FullName = First National Bank of Boston, et al.
Francis X. Bellotti, Attorney General of Massachusetts
USVol = 435
USPage = 765
Holding = Corporations have a First Amendment right to make contributions in order to attempt to influence political processes.
SCOTUS = 1975-1981
Majority = Powell
JoinMajority = Burger, Stewart, Blackmun, Stevens
Dissent = White
JoinDissent = Brennan, Marshall
Dissent2 = Rehnquist
"First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti", 435 U.S. 765 (
1978), was a case in which the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that corporations had a First Amendment right to make contributions in order to attempt to influence political processes. In his opinion, Justice Lewis Powell ruled that a Massachusettscriminal statute prohibiting the expenditure of corporate funds "for the purpose of ... influencing or affecting" voters' opinions infringed on corporations' "protected speech in a manner unjustified by a compelling state interest."
List of United States Supreme Court cases, volume 435
* [http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=435&invol=765 Text of decision at findlaw.com]
* [http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate_speech/rehnquist_dissent_bellotti.php Justice Rehnquist's dissent of above decision at reclaimdemocracy.org]
* [http://reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate_speech/ballot_spending_overview.php ReclaimDemocracy.org] also has a large library of information on the topic of corporations and ballot questions (they oppose corporations being granted political "free speech").
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