States Fight ‘Citizens United’

All politics, and all political donations, are local. Twenty-two states and Washington, D.C., are taking a stand in a case in which Montana is asking that the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling not be used to strike down state-level campaign-financing restrictions. New York is leading the charge, according to The Associated Press, filing a brief that asks the Supreme Court to keep Montana’s restrictions in place—the law is currently blocked by the court pending a decision on the case. A state court decided to uphold the restrictions, and the Supreme Court is being asked to reverse that decision. The states protesting the law have said they would like to court to rethink parts of its Citizens United decision, which has drawn widespread criticism since the ruling was made in 2010.