Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce
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The Appellee, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce (Appellee), possessed a segregated political fund, but wished to use money from its general treasury fund to place a political advertisement. The Appellee brought suit in District Court, seeking injunctive relief against Michigan’s statutory scheme, arguing that the restriction of expenditures was facially unconstitutional.
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