The Next Citizens United?
March 30, 2012
Three corporations have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Montana Supreme Court decision that upheld a state ban on independent political expenditures by companies. James Bopp, lead counsel for the corporations and the driver of the landmark Citizens United case, called the lawsuit a defense of the First Amendment.
Despite the Citizens United ruling, the Montana Supreme Court claimed the state had the power to ban political speech because of Montana’s “uniqueness,” particularly its history of corruption in campaigns. The U.S. Supreme Court has already stayed the Montana Supreme Court’s decision while deciding whether to review the case.