Montana had an excellent campaign finance law, over 100 years old, and upheld by the State Supreme Court. They believed. and rightly so, that filthy-rich individuals and corporations could drown out the free speech of Main Street citizens through massive spending, leading to a more corrupt government. Today, the fascist five Republican activists on SCOTUS overturned Montana’s law.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday followed up on its 2010 ruling that unleashed corporate spending in federal elections, reversing a decision that upheld a century-old Montana law restricting business political campaign expenditures.
By a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled for three corporations – a political advocacy group called American Tradition Partnership Inc, a nonprofit that promotes shooting sports and a small family-owned painting business – that challenged the law for violating their free-speech rights.
In 2010, by a 5-4 vote in splitting along conservative-liberal ideological lines, the Supreme Court gave corporations the constitutional free-speech right to spend freely to support or oppose political candidates in federal elections, a ruling sharply criticized by President Barack Obama.
The decision two years ago has triggered a massive increase in campaign spending that affected the elections for Congress in 2010 and has reshaped the political races ahead of the November 6 presidential and congressional elections.
The Montana Supreme Court upheld the state law, ruling the 2010 decision did not control the outcome because Montana’s law was different and justified by the state’s interest in preventing corporate corruption and influence in politics… [emphasis added]
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This is an ironic exhibition of just how flexible the rabid right become at ignoring their own convictions, when convenience dictates. On most issues, Republicans maintain that states’ rights supersede always, but that seems to apply only when such a view furthers their own ends.
This case was incorrectly decided, highlighting the need to keep a Democrat in the White House in order to restore Constitutional consideration to the Supreme Court.