Conduct, Affiliation, and Messages: A Typology of Statutes Addressing Political Deception

  • Robert N. Spicer


The second chapter of this project is an exploration of the statutes around the nation that address political deception. It is broken into three sections, which will explain the definition of the categories for the statutes and how some of the examples, found in the Appendix, fit into each one. This will be followed by a discussion of the constitutionality of these statutes. There will also be a brief discussion of punishments for political deception. The chapter concludes with an argument that while strong First Amendment protection of political speech is important, the legal arguments against these statutes creates a different set of problems.


Lying U.S. Supreme Court Freedom of speech First Amendment Campaign law Political communication research Legal research Campaign codes Political communication law Media law 


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  • Robert N. Spicer
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  1. 1.Millersville UniversityMillersvilleUSA

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