How Watergate and Citizens United Shaped Campaign Finance Law

Lesson Duration

From Retro Report

“The Watergate campaign finance scandals led to a landmark law designed to limit the influence of money in politics. Decades later, some say the scandal isn’t what’s illegal, it’s what’s legal.”

This short documentary (13:10) How Watergate and Citizens United Shaped Campaign Finance Law is part of the Midterm Elections Collection focusing on historical and contemporary midterm elections; presented in partnership with Retro Report and New Hampshire Public Radio’s Civics 101 podcast. Transcript included.

Student activities include a Concept application FRQ (free response question) and a SCOTUS FRQ (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission).



Retro Report is a documentary news organization dedicated to examining stories after their headlines fade; it is non-partisan, independent and nonprofit.