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Wed Feb 29, 2012, 02:48 PM

Common Cause Looks to Prohibit Corporate Contributions to Campaigns in Montana

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

Common Cause has submitted a ballot initiative in Montana that would prohibit corporate contributions to campaigns, clarify that corporations are not human beings with constitutional rights, and calls for a constitutional amendment nullifying Citizens United.

That is the Supreme Court decision that lifted a ban on corporate and union funding of campaign ads in federal elections as an infringement on speech.

Read more: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/481187-Common_Cause_Looks_to_Prohibit_Corporate_Contributions_to_Campaigns_in_Montana.php

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Wed Feb 29, 2012, 03:21 PM

1. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, alp.

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Wed Feb 29, 2012, 08:35 PM

2. The Montana Supreme Court ruled Montana could ban contributions from Corporations

On December 30, 2011, the Montana Supreme Court took some wording of the US Supreme Court Decision and decided that the US Supreme Court decision was a very narrow ruling, i.e. only applies to cases where there is no history of abuse by corporations of the power to donate to politician's elections.

The Montana Supreme Court ruled that the US Supreme Court ruling did NOT apply to the Montana ban on such contributions, for Montana's ban was based on a long history of abuse by Corporations and in states with a long history of abuse by corporations, the State had the constitutional right to restrict corporations.

Here is the Montana Supreme Court Decision:

http://applicationengine.mt.gov/getContent?vsId={1C0B7886-01C0-49E3-A71A-C06CA7E71040}&impersonate=true&objectStoreName=PROD%20OBJECT%20STORE&objectType=document

Now the US Supreme Court has stayed the decision of the Montana Supreme Court.

Here is the Stay:
http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docketfiles/11a762.htm

Now, the stay will only last till the petitioner does his Writ of Certiorari, i.e. the formal request for review by the US Supreme Court. If no Writ is filed or it is rejected, the Stay will be vacated, if the Writ of Certiorari is granted then the Stay will stay in place till the US Supreme Court has issued its decision.

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