SCOTUS vs. Montana: News and Links
Breaking stories and some context on the Supreme Court’s block of Montana’s ban on corporate political spending. Please share links you find in the comments! And make sure you SIGN THE PETITION to stand with Montana!
Hat tip to Howard Bashman and the HowAppealing.com blog for this roundup of today’s news about SCOTUS and Montana:
“Two justices suggest Citizens United ruling should be reconsidered in Montana case”: Robert Barnes will have this article Saturday in The Washington Post.
In Saturday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal, Jess Bravin will have an article headlined “Supreme Court Blocks Montana From Enforcing Restrictions On Corporate Political Spending.”
The Washington Times has a news update headlined “Justice says Supreme Court should revisit campaign finance.”
The Billings Gazette has a news update headlined “U.S. Supreme Court blocks Montana ban on corporate election spending.”
Mark Sherman of The Associated Press reports that “High court blocks Mont. campaign money ruling.”
James Vicini of Reuters reports that “US justices allow Montana corporation election spending.”
Mike Sacks of The Huffington Post reports that “Supreme Court Blocks Montana Campaign Finance Ban.”
Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has a blog post titled “Supreme Court blocks Montana campaign finance ruling.”
And at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post titled “Montana campaign ruling on hold.”
High Court Blocks Mont. Campaign Money Ruling (Associated Press) The court’s action Friday does not mean the justices eventually will hear the case. Their most likely course might be simply reversing the state court ruling.
It probably will be several months before they decide what to do.
Court Blocks Montana Campaign-Finance Ruling (Jess Bravin, The Wall Street Journal, 2/17/12)But in December, the Montana Supreme Court rejected that argument, concluding by a 5-2 vote that the Citizens United opinion left open the possibility similar state laws could be constitutional if justified by specific facts.
Montana’s early history, the court observed, was pervaded by political corruption underwritten by out-of-state mining interests, prompting a 1912 voter initiative intended to limit “naked corporate manipulation” of state and local government, Montana Chief Justice Mike McGrath wrote. A century later, Montana remains “especially vulnerable to continued efforts of corporate control to the detriment of democracy and the republican form of government,” he wrote.
Supreme Court Blocks Montana Campaign Finance Ban (Mike Sacks, Huffington Post, 2/17/12) The ruling Friday evening sets up a possible full-blown U.S. Supreme Court rematch over the 2010 Citizens United decision that allowed unlimited corporate campaign spending.
Montana’s challenge to ‘super PACs’ (The Christian Science Monitor, 2/14/12) Montana’s high court challenges the moral basis for the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling that spawned super PACs. The high court needs to rebalance free speech vs. democracy.
Meanwhile, in Montana, Citizens United Need Not Apply (Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 1/3/12)”The question then, is when in the last 99 years did Montana lose the power or interest sufficient to support the statute, if it ever did,” the majority said. “We think not.”