Emory Law Journal


This Comment takes a common-sense approach in arguing for the regulability of coordinated issue advocacy. This approach appeals to the experience of most Americans today, who frequently encounter campaign advertisements during elections. To bolster the common-sense approach, this Comment reviews instances of political scandal related to issue advocacy, such as those involving Senator Alan Cranston and Senator Robert Menendez. It also analyzes the federal courts¿ limited ventures into defining regulable campaign speech, which reinforce the government¿s interest in regulating coordination. This Comment further analogizes to other areas of law, such as bribery and anti-gratuity regulations, to better understand the policy concerns underlying regulable conduct by politicians. This Comment concludes that coordinated issue advocacy should be regulable. Coordination alone is enough to lead to corruptive influence or its appearance, regardless of a communication¿s content.