The United States Supreme Court today struck down, by a 5–4 vote, a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending, reaffirming its 2010 Citizens United decision. The ruling clarified that Citizens United applies to state campaign finance laws as well as to federal statutes, and guarantees corporations and labor unions can participate in elections by raising and spending money on behalf of candidates and issues.
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“The Supreme Court today reaffirmed the obvious point that the Left is trying to shout down: Corporations are voluntary associations of people joining together to advance their goals, and so have the same rights as those people, including the right to freedom of speech.”
“The Court’s decision reaffirming Citizens United was welcome, but not its reversal of a ruling by the Montana Supreme Court affirming the state law which applies only to state elections. The majority’s blithe dismissal of the states-rights argument Montana made on supremacy clause grounds is regrettable.”
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