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The Lifecycle of the Myths Surrounding Money in Politics

The topic of money in politics takes on a life of its own as election season kicks into gear.  Last week, CCP Communication Director Sarah Lee wrote about the  hysteria surrounding the unsuccessful attempt to recall Governor Walker in Wisconsin.  This weekend, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial expounding her point in an article […]

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In the News: National Journal: The Final Frontier

By Alex Roarty Right-leaning legal analysts argue that the campaign finance case is inherently different from other issues that typically elicit cries of states’ rights. Although conservatives contend that state autonomy should trump federal rule, they also say that the rights of citizens should supersede both. “Could a state like Massachusetts have an individual [insurance] […]

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Montana’s Supreme Court Relies on Erroneous History in Rejecting Citizens United

In this paper, constitutional historian Robert G. Natelson explains the Montana Supreme Court’s recent decision in Western Tradition Partnership v. Attorney General, in which it won national attention when it decided that the First Amendment does not fully protect the speech and association rights of people using the corporate form within Montana. The basis for […]

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State Attorney Generals Jump on the Bandwagon

The Associated Press reports that twenty-two state attorney generals, as well as DC’s, have submitted a brief expressing support for Montana’s attempt at avoiding the Citizens United decision: 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 […]

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Federal Court Strikes Down Three Montana “Clean” Election Laws

United States District Court for the District of Montana Judge Charles Lovell yesterday struck down three state laws that violated First Amendment rights to political speech: a ban on corporate donations to independent expenditure PACs; a political-civil libel statute; and a vote reporting disclaimer requirement. “This ruling is a solid win for the First Amendment,” […]

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Justice Ginsburg on Montana: This is speaking truth to power?

Rick Hasen comments in Slate on Justice Ginsburg’s short statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to grant a stay in Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, the case in which the Montana Supreme Court held that Citizens United was not applicable to Montana, constitutes “speaking truth to power. Recall Ginsburg’s short statement concurring in the stay was, ” Montana’s experience, and […]

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This is what the rule of law looks like

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United opinion is, concededly, controversial. But it is clearly the law of the land, and as a binding interpretation of the First Amendment, “the judges in every state [are] bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”  Our Chairman, Brad Smith, previously addressed Justice […]

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SCOTUS issues stay on Montana court order challenging Citizens United

Late Friday afternoon the Supreme Court granted a stay of the Montana Supreme Court’s order in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. That’s the decision in which the Montana Supreme Court adopted the rather bizarre argument by Montana officials that they and their fellow politicians were so uniquely corrupt, and their constituents so uniquely incapable of voting […]

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Montana, America’s most corrupt state

Is Montana the nation’s most corrupt state? Are its voters less able to weed out corrupt candidates? The Montana Supreme Court seems to think so.

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More on Montana, and sticking it to Citizens United

Professor Hasen, argues in response to this post on the Montana Supreme Court’s gross misinterpretation, or worse, conscious decision to ignore Citizens United in Western Tradition Partnership v. Attorney General, that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citzens United is “disingenuous.” Brad Smith says no – Citizens United. like its forerunner Buckley v. Valeo, is a straightforward application of the First Amendment, establishing categorical principles to try to define when the state may regulate political speech.

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.