The First Amendment Encyclopedia

Presented by the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies

Case Categories: Corporations (First Amendment Rights)

Corporate speech refers to the rights of corporations to advertise their products and to speak to matters of public concern.

Commercial speech, as manifested through advertising, and political speech in the form of contributions and expenditures on behalf of candidates and political issues must be considered in assessing whether a corporation has the same rights under the First Amendment as people.

Regulation of commercial speech must survive intermediate scrutiny to pass constitutional muster, but political speech of a corporation must survive strict scrutiny.

Following are Supreme Court cases involving corporate speech and the First Amendment.

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