We hoped to have everything in SAP up and running by Bastille Day 2012, but given the Supreme Court decision yesterday striking down the Montana Supreme Court ban on corporate election funds, we shall try to hurry up a bit. Read the article below and weep, fellow creatures, weep.
Supreme Court Upholds Citizens United;
Tightens Corporate Stranglehold on Campaign Finance
June 25, 2012
In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court has struck down (pdf)
Montana's 100 year old law that banned direct corporate political
campaign spending in state and local elections. The court reversed a
lower court ruling, but did so without allowing full briefing or
argument in the case.
Previously, the Montana Supreme Court upheld the law due to the
state’s dramatic history of corruption, but the Supreme Court's ruling
today rejected that decision, arguing that “independent expenditures,
including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or
the appearance of corruption.” Critics, however, say all available
evidence -- especially in the aftermath of the 2010 Citizens United
decision -- suggests such arguments are absurd and say today's decision
only strengthens the role of corporate money and independent wealth
while weakening the ability of lawmakers and citizens who might try to
temper the amount of corporate money that is now flooding into
state-level campaigns... Read full article here.