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   Under the Supreme Court: High court agrees to consider corporate free speech post-Citizen United

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4/8/2012 3:30 am

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NICOLE DEBEVEC

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United Press International

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Entered 4/9/2012, Updated 4/9/2012

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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider taking another bite of the corporate political free speech apple recently, accepting a petition asking justices to summarily overturn a Montana Supreme Court decision petitioners say flies in the face of Citizens United. Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission is the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision two years ago that basically negated campaign finance laws. In its ruling, the court said Congress shouldn't be allowed to limit the amount corporations, unions and similar entities give to campaigns. In upholding a ban on corporate independent expenditures in state elections, the Montana Supreme Court determined that "unlike Citizens United, this case concerns Montana law, Montana elections and it arises from Montana history." That ruling, the petition said, raises the question for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider: "Whether Montana is bound by the holding of Citizens United, that a ban on corporate independent political expenditures is a violation of the First Amendment, when the ban applies to state, rather than federal, elections."


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