Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


This paper examines the potential impact of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission upon content-based Federal Communications Commission regulations. Although Citizens United focused on Federal Election Commission regulations, the case reflects the various First Amendment doctrines favored by the current Court, and its reasoning may extend to other areas of regulated speech.

Part I of the paper will discuss several prominent areas of First Amendment doctrine as well as the roles of the FCC and the FEC. Part II will briefly desccribe the background and outcome of Citizens United. Finally, Part III will analyze several FCC regulations, primarily regarding content and ownership, in light of the case.