Montana Loses Citizens United Fight

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This artist rendering shows Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. speaking in front of the Supreme Court Justice in Washington, Monday, March 26, 2012, as the court began three days of arguments on the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Justices seated, from left are, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.

No ifs, ands, or buts. The U.S. Supreme Court made the swift decision Monday not to revisit Citizens United, rejecting Montana’s case that the controversial ruling not be used to strike down state-level campaign-financing restrictions. In a 5–4 vote, the majority overruled a decision made by Montana’s Supreme Court that the state be exempt from Citizens United. The four who represented the minority vote argued that the 2010 Citizens United ruling, one of the Supreme Court’s most controversial decisions since Bush v. Gore in 2000, should never have been put in place to begin with.