Montana Supreme Court Defies Citizen United case

  • creature

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    Jan 05, 2012 11:42 AM GMT
    This is something I didn't expect from Montana since it is a conservative state, but it appears that the majority of justices disagree the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the infamous Citizen United Case.

    The justices are upholding a century-old law that bars corporate spending in local and state political campaigns.

    By a 5-2 vote this past Friday, the Montana Supreme Court declined to recognize the common understanding that Citizens United bars all laws limiting independent electoral spending. Instead, Chief Justice Mike McGrath, writing on behalf of the majority, called on the history surrounding the state law to show that corporate money, even if not directly contributed to a campaign, can give rise to corruption.


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/04/citizens-united-montana-supreme-court-corporate-spending_n_1182168.html
  • ozhanSean

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    Jan 05, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
    It is some hope but not enough. This law is not the first step towards corporatizing democracy but it is the last. Corporatization has been going on for a few decades and is complete with this bill. Reversing this bill alone won’t change much but it’s a good start.
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    Jan 05, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
    Stop getting your titties in a twist about "corporatism" people, the problem is crony capitalism. Politicians bloated with power through big government working in cahoots with corporations for their own mutual special interests. If you want that to stop then stop growing government. More government just means more cronyism.
  • musclmed

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    Jan 06, 2012 12:41 AM GMT
    creature saidThis is something I didn't expect from Montana since it is a conservative state, but it appears that the majority of justices disagree the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the infamous Citizen United Case.

    The justices are upholding a century-old law that bars corporate spending in local and state political campaigns.

    By a 5-2 vote this past Friday, the Montana Supreme Court declined to recognize the common understanding that Citizens United bars all laws limiting independent electoral spending. Instead, Chief Justice Mike McGrath, writing on behalf of the majority, called on the history surrounding the state law to show that corporate money, even if not directly contributed to a campaign, can give rise to corruption.


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/04/citizens-united-montana-supreme-court-corporate-spending_n_1182168.html

    Instead, Chief Justice Mike McGrath, writing on behalf of the majority, called on the history surrounding the state law to show that corporate money, even if not directly contributed to a campaign, can give rise to corruption
    For a moment even if we agreed that corporate donations leads to corruption, isnt that a job for the Legislature to amend the law?


    The Judiciary should interpret law not give rationalizations of why the law should be something.

    As in Citizen United, maybe best to amend the constitution if needed.ITALIC TEXT GOES HERE
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    Jan 06, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    I'd be willing to bet that other states will follow over the next several years, because outside Corporate money is flooding into contentious races across the nation due to Citizens United. Outside money is heavily influencing local debates and because of this a lot of rural areas are pissed about outside intervention. I really do think this effort to kill the negative affects of Citizens United will grow in one form or another, I rather like this Montana way of dealing with it.
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    Jan 06, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    I refuse to believe that corporations are people until Texas executes one. ... icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 06, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
    Caslon18453 saidI refuse to believe that corporations are people until Texas executes one. ... icon_wink.gif










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  • hotkj2002

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    Jan 06, 2012 8:53 AM GMT
    Good for Montana. The citizen united case is ridiculous and a front to our democracy.