Email date: 6/26/12
In this update:
1. Supreme Court ignores factual record, stands by Citizens United ruling
2. Seeing both major parties with honest eyes
Supreme Court ignores factual record, stands by Citizens United ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday decided on a 5-4 vote to strike down Montana’s 100-year-old ban on corporate election spending and reaffirm its own ruling two years ago in the Citizens United case. The high court’s conservative bloc opted not to be fully briefed on the case and did not allow oral arguments before rendering a decision. The five-member majority ignored the extensive factual record of corrupt practices that led Montana’s highest court to uphold the state’s anti-corruption law, and issued a one-page order reversing the Montana ruling.
Last month the Democracy Campaign joined other citizen groups in filing a legal brief in the case supporting Montana’s position.
Seeing both major parties with honest eyes
Two weeks ago, the Democracy Campaign’s director posted a blog calling on Democrats to take a good look in the mirror. His latest post on our Big Money Blog yesterday shines light in the opposite direction, calling attention to false advertising on the Republican side. This week The Capital Times reprinted another of the commentaries that first appeared on our blog.