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McCutcheon v FEC Amicus Brief

McCutcheon v FEC Amicus Brief

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No. 12-536
 
In
The
 
Supreme Court of the United
States
 
S
HAUN
M
C
C
UTCHEON AND THE
R
EPUBLICAN
N
 ATIONAL
C
OMMITTEE
,
 
 Plaintiffs-Appellants,
 
v.
 F
EDERAL
E
LECTION
C
OMMISSION
,
 
 Defendant-Appellee.
 
On Appeal From The United States District Court
For
 
The District of Col
u
mbia
 
BRIEF
 AMICUS CURIAE 
OFPROFESSOR LAWRENCE LESSIG
I
NSUPPORT OF
 APP
ELL
EE
 D
OUGLAS
T.
ENDALL
E
LIZABETH
B.
W
 YDRA 
*
 *
Counsel of Re
cord
 D
 AVID
H.
G
 ANS
CONSTITUTIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY CENTER1200 18th St., NW, Ste 501Washington, D.C. 20036(202) 296-6889elizabeth@theusconstitution.org
Counsel for Amicus Curiae
 
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Page
 TABLE OF CONTENTS
...........................................
iTABLE OF AU
T
HORI
T
IES ....................................iiiINTEREST OF
 AMICUS CURIAE 
......................... 1INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF
 ARGUMENT.............................................................
1
 ARGUMENT.............................................................
5I. THE CONSTITUTION’S TEXT, HISTORY, AND STRUCTURE REFLECT THEFRAMERS’ BROAD INTEREST INPREVENTING THE APPEARANCE ANDREALITY OF CORRUPTION .....................5 A. In Drafting The Constitution, TheFramers Were Keenly Concerned WithPreventing Both “DependenceCorruption” And
Quid Pro Quo
Corruption …………………………………5B. The Text Of The Constitution ProvidesSpecific Restrictions Designed To LimitTemptations And Opportunities ForCorruption In Government…………….11C. The Constitution’s Structure WasDesigned To Erect “Every PracticableObstacle” Against Corruption …………15
 
iiII. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS HAVEEXPANDED PROTECTION AGAINSTCORRUPTION ……………………………….21III. COURT PRECEDENT REFLECTS THEFRAMERS’ UNDERSTANDING THAT THEGOVERNMENT HAS BROAD AUTHORITY TO COMBAT CORRUPTION …………...…26
CONCLUSION .......................................................
32

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