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WASHINGTON. The Supreme Court on Friday (17 February 2012) blocked a Montana court ruling upholding limits on corporate campaign spending. The state argued, and the Montana Supreme Court agreed, that political corruption gave rise to the century-old ban on corporate campaign spending.
In the 2010 Citizens United case, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that independent spending by corporations does “not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.”
American Tradition Partnership, based in Washington, D.C., led the challenge to the state’s 1912 Corrupt Practices Act. A lower state court ruled that the state law was unconstitutional in the wake of the Citizens United decision.
The decision to block the Montana’s Supreme Court’s ruling is a win for everyone’s First Amendment rights, said the American Tradition Partnership. Previous posts: What really causes US electoral corruption, Political Action Committees (PACs)