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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 12:21 PM

Appeals court reinstates Montana campaign finance limits

Source: Missoulian.com {Montana}

HELENA The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Montana's
campaign donation limits, telling the federal judge who overturned it to
outline his full reasoning so the panel can review the case.

The court intervened late Tuesday less than a week after the judge's
decision opened the door to unlimited money in state elections during the height of election season.

Conservative groups emboldened by the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United
decision have made Montana the center of the fight over many campaign finance restrictions.

The groups have convinced a federal judge to strike down several laws as unconstitutional,
including the cap on contributions given to candidates by individuals and political parties.



Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/appeals-court-reinstates-montana-campaign-finance-limits/article_d7e18bfe-12f2-11e2-97bc-0019bb2963f4.html

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Ptah Oct 2012 OP
cojoel Oct 2012 #1
Bandit Oct 2012 #2
KeepItReal Oct 2012 #3
dmr Oct 2012 #4
starroute Oct 2012 #5
Laelth Oct 2012 #6

Response to Ptah (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 12:57 PM

1. kind of a strange ending

That decision prompted a new ballot initiative that, if approved in November.

I wonder what, if approved in November, will be the issue. I posted a question as a comment on the article (there are no other comments so far posted; I don't know how many are waiting for approval).

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 12:59 PM

2. I thought this was already ruled on by the Extreme Court

How old is this article?

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Response to Bandit (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:02 PM

3. Yeah, I thought SCOTUS has ended Montana's ban on Corporate Money

Any clarification?

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Response to Bandit (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:08 PM

4. I'm confused too, but the article says it was posted an hour ago by AP.

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Response to Bandit (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:43 PM

5. It seems to be two different campaign finance laws

The US Supreme Court decision in June struck down a hundred year old Montana law banning corporations from spending money to influence state elections.

The current article speaks of donation limits and says, "The groups have convinced a federal judge to strike down several laws as unconstitutional, including the cap on contributions given to candidates by individuals and political parties."

It also says, Montana has seen many of its laws struck down in the wake the Citizens United decision."

So this is a long, drawn-out battle with many aspects.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 06:07 AM

6. Excellent news. k&r n/t

-Laelth

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