High court blocks
campaign money ruling Mont.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday blocked a
The justices put the
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."
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a dissenter in Citizens United, issued a brief statement for herself and Justice Stephen Breyer saying that campaign spending since the decision makes "it exceedingly difficult to maintain that independent expenditures by corporations 'do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.'"
Ginsburg appeared to be referring to the rise of unregulated super PACs that have injected millions of dollars into the Republican presidential campaign. She said the case "will give the court an opportunity to consider whether, in light of the huge sums currently deployed to buy candidates' allegiance, Citizens United should continue to hold sway."
The court's action Friday does not mean the justices eventually will hear the case. Their most likely course might be simply reversing the state court ruling.
It probably will be several months before they decide what to do.
American Tradition Partnership, based in
But in December, the Montana Supreme Court said the law could remain in place because it was a response to political corruption and allows for some corporate spending.
Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock said corporations are no longer bound by the state law.
But, Bullock said, "I am encouraged that the Supreme Court will give this careful consideration and I look forward to continuing to fight for
The decision to block the
"Stripping people of their right to engage in political speech because you do not like the identity of the speaker is an assault on the republic's founding principles," the partnership added.
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