The landmark case that overturned key components of McCain-Feingold — namely, bans on campaign contributions by businesses and unions — has been trickling down in challenges to similar state laws including Wisconsin, Minnesota, and yesterday, Montana. The Western Tradition Partnership (called “secretive” and “nasty” by the fair-and-balanced Associated Press) and two other small business plaintiffs challenged a 1912 state law that prohibited the financing of electoral campaigns by corporations:
District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock of Helena tossed out the 1912 Corrupt Practices Act - a throwback to a time when the public rebelled with a voter-backed initiative against the “Copper Kings” and their hold on state politics. That law prohibited corporations from making independent political expenditures.
The state law came under fire after the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, threw out parts of an old federal law prohibiting corporations and unions from paying to air ads for or against political candidates….
“The First Amendment was intended to protect citizens from the government, not to shield politicians from criticism,” said [WTP] director Donald Ferguson. “The court has restored fairness and balance to elections by allowing employers to speak freely about the radical environmentalist candidates and issues that threaten your right to earn a living.”
Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock said he would appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?