Montana Wins 22 States (and Counting) Backing Over The Citizens United Fight

Seal Of MontanaFeel great if you live in the Treasure State. Reports the AP via the Guardian:

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia are backing Montana in its fight to prevent the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision from being used to strike down laws restricting corporate spending in political campaigns.

The states led by New York are asking the high court to preserve Montana’s state-level regulations on corporate expenditures, according to a copy of a brief written by New York’s attorney general’s office and obtained by the Associated Press.

The supreme court is being asked to reverse a state court’s decision to uphold the Montana law. Virginia-based American Tradition Partnership is asking the nation’s high court to rule without a hearing because the group says the state law conflicts directly with the Citizens United decision that removed the federal ban on corporate campaign spending. The Supreme Court has blocked the Montana law until it can look at the case…

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    While this appears to be unqualified good news, I have to admit to feeling some strange, unanticipated nostalgia for Citizens United–although it’s final death croak is probably a decade or more into the future.

    It brought us some real entertaining moments during the last ‘publican primary season, with loonbat billionaires banking hopeless chromosome cases like Gingrich and Santorum well beyond the point they’d have suffocated from pure stupidity if forced to live outside that dollar bubble.

    I especially enjoyed reading in Haaretz about fruitloop-y gambling don and Newt Gingrich patron Sheldon Adelson trying to charm an Arab monarch into licensing a new casino while bankrolling publication of an ultra-Zionist news outlet.

    It seems to be a Law of the Universe that fascism yields all the low-entropy sources of comedy.