U.S. Supreme Court Slaps Down Montana Supreme Court Challenge to ‘Citizens United’

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June 26, 2012

By Brad Friedman, Bradblog.com

So much for states’ rights from the so-called “conservative” U.S. Supreme Court — as if 2000’s Bush v. Goredidn’t already tell you that they, like other “small government Conservatives”, were largely full of shit when making that pretend claim…only when convenient to their policy goals, of course…

The Supreme Court reversed a decision by a Montana court supporting a state anti-corruption law passed in 1912 that prohibited corporate influence in state elections, reaffiriming that their Citizens United decision invalidates such restrictions. Montana, supported by 22 states and Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), had argued that their law should be allowed to stand because of the state’s unique history of corruption around its mining industry, which led to its passage by referendum. The court ruled against them 5-4, the same majority that determined Citizens United.

You can read more about the courageous decision earlier this year by the Montana Supreme Court — the decision struck down today by SCOTUS — in Ernie Canning’s coverage from January. In that case, even the dissenting MT Justice found the U.S. Supreme Court’s “entire concept” of corporate personhood to be “offensive.”

“Corporations are not persons. Human beings are persons, and it is an affront to the inviolable dignity of our species that courts have created a legal fiction which forces people — human beings — to share fundamental, natural rights with soulless creations of government. … Indeed, it is truly ironic that the death penalty and hell are reserved only to natural persons,” wrote the dissenting Justice James C. Nelson who, clearly, disagreed with Citizens United, but dissented in the MT case because he believed — as SCOTUS affirmed today — that they, not states, can decide how campaign finance will or won’t work for every state in the entire nation.

To read more, visit: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9371

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • C says:

    Doesn’t anyone proof read these articles for obscenity ? What I hate most about bloggers besides juvenile finger pointing is resorting to cursing rather that explaining their frustration.

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