Montana Supreme Court Slaps Down Citizens United

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    Montana Supreme Court restores 100-year-old state ban on corporate political money

    HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Supreme Court restored the state’s century-old ban on direct spending by corporations on political candidates or committees in a ruling Friday that interest groups say bucks a high profile U.S. Supreme Court decision granting political speech rights to corporations.

    The decision grants a big win to Attorney General Steve Bullock, who personally represented the state in defending its ban that came under fire after the “Citizens United” decision last year from the U.S. Supreme court.

    “The Citizen’s United decision dealt with federal laws and elections — like those contests for president and congress,” said Bullock, who is now running for governor. “But the vast majority of elections are held at the state or local level and this is the first case I am aware of that examines state laws and elections.”
     
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    If it has no effect inside the beltway it is pissing in the wind.
     
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    People in Montana denied the right of free speech. Hooray.
     
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    14th Amendment is what defines "Person." This would't even survive the 9th Circuit. It flies directly against the text of the first part of the 14th Amendment. (Bolded for emphasis.)

    In effect, the law can not differentiate between different kinds of person and have different sets of political rights.

    Of course, this was ignored totally from 1896-1955, but I can't see any court allowing any state to make differences between persons and restricting the rights of free speech based on what type of person you are.

    And the Supreme court will have no patience with a court that tries to argue that restricting civil rights within a state is a matter of interest only in that state. The supreme court has been blowing raspberries at this concept of states rights for 65 years.
     
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    Which people?
     
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    Their sizable K street lobbyist population.
     
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    Elected officials could over ride the supreme court with new legislation as well
     
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    K Street is in DC, not Helena, dipschitt.
     
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    Celebrating speech supression. that's a great idea guys!
     
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    "Corporations are people, too, my friend"- Mitt Romney.
     

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