Montana Governor Stands Up to Citizens United
By Mehrad Yazdi
The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision has forced states to amend or completely throw out some anti-corruption laws that they had previously enacted, sometimes over a century ago. But one governor is fighting back. In a New York Times op-ed, Montana governor Brian Schweitzer (D) details the transparency he is trying to preserve in his state. Before Citizens United, Montana was at the forefront of anti-corruption laws having enacted legislation a century ago that banned corporate money from campaigns and later large individual donations too. As Governor Schweitzer explains:
Now, the Supreme Court has effectively overturned Montana’s cherished anti-corruption laws and enabled corporations to corrupt the state once again. Governor Schweitzer is seeing this unfold firsthand:
To prevent Washington-style corruption in Montana, Schweitzer supports a federal constitutional amendment that would enable states like his to ban corporate financing of political campaigns. Hopefully other governors will learn from Schweitzer’s example and join his fight.
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