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Citizens United V. Federal Election Commission

Guest opinion: Partisan wave fails to swamp state courts … this time

Guest opinion: Partisan wave fails to swamp state courts … this time

The GOP “wave” elections produced big changes in Congress, governors’ mansions and state legislatures. But this year’s wave stopped at the courthouse door, as those very same wave voters chose to keep their elected judges from both parties. Americans want courts to be insulated from politics…

November 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Dark money campaigns skew justice against individual rights

Guest opinion: Dark money campaigns skew justice against individual rights

The thumbscrew was a favorite of medieval torturers and 18th century slave traders. The thumbs or toes of the victim were inserted into the device, and then were slowly and painfully crushed by incremental turns of the screw. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United works li…

October 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Will Montana judges be for sale?

Citizens United empowered organizations with opaque, feel-good names to pour significant amounts of dark money into judicial elections. This is happening in our sister states, and there is no reason to believe that it won’t happen in Montana’s upcoming elections for judges and justices.

September 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Campaign finance rulings split U.S. House candidates

Campaign finance rulings split U.S. House candidates

The Gazette asked Montana candidates for U.S. House: Will the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance law in McCutcheon and Citizens United have a mostly positive or mostly negative effect on your congressional race?

May 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Tester calls for campaign finance reform

Tester calls for campaign finance reform

HELENA — One reason nothing seems to get done in Washington is that senators and representatives feel the threat of “big money” being spent to defeat them in the next election, Sen. Jon Tester said Friday.

April 11, 2014 8:13 pm

Guest opinion: Big money wins again at Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is filled with men and women with Ivy League degrees. They’ve studied law, politics, and history.

April 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Court outsources responsibility for election transparency

The U.S. Supreme Court decisions in both McCutcheon and Citizens United placed great faith in “robust” federal campaign-finance disclosure as an antidote to the corrupting influences of political donations and expenditures.

April 04, 2014 11:05 amLoading…
Democrats criticize court campaign finance ruling; Daines defends it

Democrats criticize court campaign finance ruling; Daines defends it

HELENA — Montana’s top Democratic officeholders criticized a U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday that eliminated overall campaign finance limits in federal elections.

April 02, 2014 2:46 pm

Candidate challenges voting record law

HELENA — A Bozeman legislative candidate has asked a federal court to temporarily block enforcement of a new state law that requires published campaign materials about a legislator’s record to include every vote taken by the lawmaker on that issue.

January 09, 2014 10:23 pm

Guest opinion: Americans must fix broken campaign system

Our national debt and deficit. Immigration. Safe schools and communities. Responsibly developing our natural resources. Our troops serving overseas.

June 23, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Bipartisan bill would shine light on dark money

Serving a decade in the Montana Legislature, Sen. Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, has heard a lot from constituents, but never had people he didn't know stopping him on the street to thank him. Until now.

February 24, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Public deserves to know source of political funding

Among six statewide ballot issues Montana voters approved last week is a directive telling the state’s elected leaders to work for a change that can only be accomplished with a two-thirds majority vote of the U.S. Congress and approval of 38 states. However, Initiative 166 did allow Montanan…

November 15, 2012 12:10 amLoading…
Strohmaier stresses local government work

Strohmaier stresses local government work

HELENA — Missoula City Council member Dave Strohmaier, who filed to run for the U.S. House this week, is emphasizing his local government ties in the six-way Democratic congressional primary.

January 19, 2012 7:15 pmLoading…
Judge rules 1912 campaign contribution law unconstitutional

Judge rules 1912 campaign contribution law unconstitutional

HELENA — Saying that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling trumps Montana’s unique historical circumstances, a Helena district judge on Monday threw out as unconstitutional the state’s 1912 law banning direct corporate spending for or against political candidates or political parties.

October 18, 2010 2:10 pm Related Loading…
Bullock defends Montana's corporate spending ban

Bullock defends Montana's corporate spending ban

HELENA — Montana is telling a judge that the state's century-old ban on corporate political spending is unique and should stand despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year way paving the way for unregulated corporate campaign speech.

September 30, 2010 4:38 pmLoading…

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