Montana Responds – Don’t Imperil “Republican Form of Government”

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock has filed the State’s brief opposing the effort of a corporate-front group to have Justice Kennedy and the US Supreme stay and summarily reverse the Montana Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding the state’s Corrupt Practices Act. The Act has banned corporate election spending in Montana for more than a century.

Montana argues that the State has a right to file a brief and be heard before the Supreme Court uses Citizens United to invalidate a law that has “safeguarded the republican form of government in Montana for more than a century.”   The brief is here.

In the meantime, Free Speech for People, Common Cause and others are calling on the Supreme Court to allow Montana a hearing and to consider reality and evidence. More here.

Background on the case is herehere, here, and here.

About Jeff Clements

Jeff serves as President of American Promise. He has practiced law for three decades in public service and private practice, and is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. He is also the founder of Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides sustainable financing to businesses in the local agriculture economy. Previously, Jeff has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts. Jeff has helped to start and been a board member of many non-profit organizations and businesses. Today, in addition to the board of American Promise, he serves on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts. Twitter: @ClementsJeff
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