Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is a Brennan Center Fellow and an Associate Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law. She is the author of the book, Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State (Carolina Academic Press 2016) and of Safeguarding Markets from Pernicious Pay to Play: A Model Explaining Why the SEC Regulates Money in Politics.

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"All of this is a legal problem for the Foundation, the 2016 Campaign and Trump, because the Foundation is not allowed to participate in any political campaign, even Trump’s own." (Photo: Flickr/GageSkidmore) Views
Friday, June 15, 2018
The Curious Campaign Role of Donald Trump’s Foundation
Nonprofit 101 is that a conventional charity cannot give money to a political campaign . But it’s possible the Donald J. Trump Foundation may have broken this cardinal rule not just once, but twice. And the fact that it happened twice could make a significant legal difference. The first time could...
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Saturday, June 02, 2018
Parkland High School Students Show Remarkable Political Savvy
On Valentine’s Day, 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Rather than grieve silently or out of public view, student leaders took hold of their own narrative by rejecting the common platitudes of “thoughts and prayers” that are typically offered after such...
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"The facts in Jesner v. Arab Bank could not have been more gut wrenching." (Photo: Michael Coghlan/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
While Few Notice, The Supreme Court Is Making Corporate Human Rights Abuses Easier
In our current news environment, any news that’s not about President Trump gets short shrift, even if it’s news emanating from the Supreme Court. On April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court decided the case of Jesner v. Arab Bank . The Court ruled that foreign corporations cannot be brought into U.S...
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Vet Them Now or Vet Them Later
One of the few “successes” of the Trump administration has been the rapid pace of nominations to the federal bench. When Trump took office last January, there were more than 100 judicial vacancies, including one on the Supreme Court. As of early November, Trump had put forward 58 names to fill...
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