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 Citizens 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.”
As you read through the article, note that the phrase “The corporation that brought the case” refers to the Montana complaint that came to the state Supreme Court in the first place, and not the Citizens United case. That corporation lost and the state’s AG won. (I found that part confusing, and wanted to save you some re-reading time.)
Not all of the judiciary is benched with corporate hacks sent by Thank You Street to rubber-stamp the executive take-over — just a great many.