September 9th, 2009
06:41 PM ET
11 years ago

High court hears 'Hillary: The Movie!' campaign finance case

The campaign finance case before the court stems from a film critical of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The campaign finance case before the court stems from a film critical of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Supreme Court heard new arguments Wednesday in a dramatic case that started with a movie attacking Hillary Clinton - but that could have far-reaching implications for U.S. elections.

"If you thought you knew everything about Hillary Clinton, wait till you see the movie," said an ad last year for "Hillary: The Movie," a scorching attack on the woman then running for president.

Citizens United, the conservative group behind the film, promoted it as featuring 40 interviews - a "cast to end all casts"– and promised that if "you want to hear about the Clinton scandals of the past and present, you have it here! 'Hillary: The Movie' is the first and last word in what the Clintons want America to forget!"

Few Americans ever saw the ad; a federal court ruled that it broke the law on campaign advertising.

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Bluebonnet

    What a cover up, yet again, by the Clintons!

    September 9, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Rush Rove Cheney

    I believe that the conservatives on this court will vote against Clinton no matter what the argument is and Scalia will say "TOUGH!"

    No common sense left on the right wing side....just NNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Big Ed, NC

    Hillary should be home cooking poatoes.

    September 9, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. rachel

    all cnn does is post negative stuff about Hillary. Will you post about the Award she is recieving Friday or the school she visted yesterday, no I don't think so.

    September 9, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. big daddy

    What a sad country we live in !!!!!

    September 9, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. JR

    What neo-cons seem to forget is that "what comes around, goes around", they are setting precedent for the future, evrey dirty nasty political move they make will be used by democrats down the road and frankly, the GOP has a lot more skeletons to hide that the Democrats.

    September 9, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. mark in atlanta

    Hard to believe the Republican fear machine needs any more help fomenting anger in the ill-informed and weak minded, but I suppose an unlimited flow of corporate "edutainment" might help them regain power after the unmitigated disaster that was the Bush administration.

    September 9, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Jeff Mc

    This has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. It would allow unlimited campaign contributions by corporations and unions, basically ruining our democracy. Think lobbying is a problem now, just wait.

    September 9, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. Shirley In California

    The Clinton's. Here we go again. This is why I voted for Obama. A fresh new start. It is always a neverending drama with them. Can we please move on? One thing is for sure a Clinton will never occupy the WH again.

    September 9, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Deuce

    If they wants to make a Movie of this Lady. It is only because she has lived, where others feared to tread..

    September 9, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Jim Doyle

    What's being considered here is whether corporations should be considered as "persons" in having free speech under the first amendment. All you Clinton haters ought to just shut the hell up. You really have no idea what you're talking about.

    September 9, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. John

    These political movies have got to go...... Farenheit 911 was terrible and I'm guessing this will be as well..... if nobody goes to see this crap maybe they'll stop making them.... am I wishing too hard here?

    They are just catering to the robots on both sides.....

    September 9, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. chris

    What people are saying about the clintons is just down right mean. How would you feel if all of the sudden all of your family secrets were just suddenly known by everyone who turned on the televison. Put your self in Hillary's shoes how would you feel if you were her. GIVE THE CLINTONS A BREAK!!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    I'm sure this conservative group just seemed to overlook the Palin campaign finance ethical violations, but no, let's focus on Clinton. The women with no ethical violations against her what-so-EVER.

    This is why ou cant have a debate with a conservative, they have the "orange county my child is perfect and nobody else will tell me otherwise" at the same time thir kid is convicted of arson for setting a poor mans house on fire.

    September 9, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. Joe From Florida

    sounds like a buntch of sour grapes to me

    September 9, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Corporations aren't people – they are businesses, and therefore, they don't get the same speech rights as people. It's silly and a huge stretch of the imagination to think otherwise.

    September 9, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. LacrosseMom

    What's AMUSING about this whole debate, is that the demonized ACLU IS ON THE SIDE of the conservatives, on this one!

    September 9, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Corporations should not be given greater rights than individuals regarding campaign contributions.

    Afterall, the first three words of the Constitution are, "We the People," not, "We the Corporations."

    September 9, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Jeremy, PA

    she'll still be the first female President.. just you all wait!

    September 9, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    For you republicans, now you'll get to see the "wise latina's" wisdom.

    September 9, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. jUD

    The Clinton's are tough...BRING IT ON

    September 9, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. JonDie

    Every since the Supreme Court ruled that corporations have all the rights of individual citizens and NONE of the responsibilities, corporations have trampled on the rights of individuals.

    Therefore, it's hard to believe that the US Supreme Court will actually stand up for individuals and NOT allow corporations to have rights that are based strictly on money.

    In fact, some justices (e.g., Thomas and Scalia) don't even believe in the concept of constitutional rights for individuals.

    September 9, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Amanda

    I am NOT interested in this movie. Stupid distraction.

    September 9, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. Idiot_Pelosi

    Show the movie.....

    This is nothing but Hillary trying to HIDE her dirty campaign financing......

    September 9, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  25. Independent

    It's 99.99% of politicians, not just the Clintons!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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