January 6, 2012

Montana Supreme Court upholds ban on corporate election spending

The Montana Supreme Court waved a red cape in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week by upholding a century-old state ban on direct election spending by corporations, directly challenging the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling.

The Montana Supreme Court restored a 100-year-old state ban on direct spending by corporations on political candidates or committees, saying that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC dealt with federal laws and elections, but the “vast majority” of elections are held at state and local levels, AP reports. ...

Montana has “a compelling interest” to uphold its campaign-finance laws that include both restrictions and disclosure requirements, the court held, according to the Great Falls Tribune. The state Supreme Court overturned a lower state court ruling, saying it couldn’t find that current laws unfairly impeded corporate owners from engaging in political activity.

It's hard to see how this won't get immediately overturned by the Court.