Q) Activist judges? Politicians in robes? Precedence be damned? A) John Marshall must be rolling in his grave "Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power." ~ Benita Mussolini Supreme Court strengthens Citizens United with Montana ruling - latimes.com June 25, 2012 WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed the right of corporations to make independent political expenditures, summarily overturning a 100-year-old Montana state law that barred corporations from such political activity. The Supreme Court ruled in an unsigned opinion that Montanas law was in conflict with the 2010 Citizens United decision, which shifted the campaign finance landscape, opening the door to the massive political expenditures that have been shaping this years presidential race. The decision was 5-4, split along ideological lines. Despite the Citizens United decision, the Montana Supreme Court had refused to strike down its state ban on election spending by corporations. Its judges cited Montana's history of "copper kings" who bribed legislators. Campaign finance reform advocates had hoped that the current wave of election-related spending would help make their case for the need to reconsider Citizens United. Still, it was considered highly unlikely that the court, in its current configuration, would reverse itself on such a recent ruling. The court issued a summary reversal without waiting to hear oral arguments in the case. In a dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that Montanas experience, like considerable experience elsewhere since the Courts decision in Citizens United, casts grave doubts on the Courts supposition that independent expenditures do not corrupt or appear to do so. But he acknowledged that the court was not likely to reconsider the ruling. Advocates for stricter campaign finance regulations said they would continue their fight for tougher laws in Congress and the courts. Citizens and the nation are not going to accept the Supreme Court imposed campaign finance system that allows our government to be auctioned off to billionaires, millionaires, corporate funders and other special interests using political money to buy influence and results, said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21. A major national campaign finance reform movement will begin immediately after the 2012 elections.