Skip to comments.Judge tosses Mont. corporate campaign finance ban
Posted on 10/18/2010 4:38:25 PM PDT by Western Tradition Partnership
Judge tosses Mont. corporate campaign finance ban
By MATT GOURAS
The Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. -- A Montana judge says the state's century-old ban on corporate political spending is unconstitutional.
District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock of Helena on Monday tossed out the 1912 Corrupt Practices Act that prohibits corporations from making independent political expenditures.
Sherlock ruled in favor of conservative think-tank Western Tradition Partnership...
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The First Amendment was intended to protect citizens from the government, not to shield politicians from criticism. 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.
Does this act apply only to corporations chartered in Montana, or all corporations?
I would think that a state would have the right to place any limitations they like on corporations they charter. They are not obliged to charter any corporations at all.
This is excellent. Citizens have a right to associate, and to formalize those relationships as corporations. Corporations’ right to free speech and association are just an outgrowth of the owners’ rights.
I see this as yet another nail in the coffin of our system of federalism. The US Constitution was NEVER meant to place restrictions on states, nor grant the federal government the power to regulate states’ behavior, except with regard to interstate commerce. Decisions like these turn the Constitution on its ear. Instead of limiting the federal government to few and defined powers, the Constitution is now used to grant the federal government unlimited power to interfere in states’ and individuals’ business.