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Applying ‘’Citizens United’’ to the States

By Joshua Nave

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, overturning federal campaign finance laws that prohibited
corporations from running political advertisements, a group in Montana is challenging that state’s ban on corporate political advocacy.

                              03/11/10                                   or a political committee that supports or opposes a candidate
                                                                         or a political party.’’ The lawsuit only challenges the ban on
                             The Western Tradition Partnership,          expenditures, not the prohibition on direct contributions.
                             a non profit corporation based in
                             Denver and Champion Painting, a             Steve Bullock, Attorney General for Montana, has been critical
Bozeman, Montana company owned by a member of the local                  of the Citizens United ruling. His office stated that it couldn’t
Tea Party, filed suit on Monday challenging the law.                     comment until it received a copy of the lawsuit.

Montana’s law prohibits a corporation from making ‘’...a
contribution or an expenditure in connection with a candidate

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