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.
Sen. Jon Tester recently introduced a proposed federal constitutional amendment that would end corporate personhood rights, overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The utility of such an amendment may be debated, since Citizens United was based on First Amendment free …
HELENA – Montana’s Sen. Jon Tester on Tuesday proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that says corporations don’t have constitutional rights – an attempt to restrict corporate campaign spending and overturn a landmark 2010 court ruling that expanded such spending.
HELENA — The Montana Senate has endorsed a bill that would limit corporate campaign finance spending after changing the measure to allow news media outlets to continue publishing editorials during election season.
MISSOULA — A small crowd gathered in the shadows of the Russell Smith Federal Courthouse in Missoula on Monday to continue what supporters are calling a grassroots push to restore the nation’s democracy and eliminate corporate influence from politics.
At the top of our state capital building in Helena sits a beautiful copper dome. Nearly a century ago, that copper dome wasn’t just for decoration. It was a symbol of the copper barons and their ultimate power to decide who represented the people of Montana.
HELENA — American Tradition Partnership and other parties can’t recover nearly $140,000 in attorney fees from the state after successfully suing to strike down the 1912 Corrupt Practices Act, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled.
HELENA — If you’re a Montana voter, on Tuesday you’ll have just finished a perverse sort of media marathon, navigating more than 100,000 TV ad spots and thousands of mailers, newspaper ads, phone calls, polls and canvassers, costing close to $50 million. And that’s for only one race: The U.S…
HELENA — Montana's campaign contribution limits will remain in place at least through the November election after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday that put a hold on a federal judge's decision that would have allowed for unlimited spending in state races.
On Nov. 6, all Montana voters will be lawmakers. It’s a responsibility that comes with some homework.
HELENA — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Montana's campaign donation limits, telling the federal judge who overturned it to outline his full reasoning so the panel can review the case.
GREAT FALLS — After greeting some old friends, Democrat Steve Bullock gets right to the point with union groups about the importance of the 2012 governor’s race. Bullock, Montana’s attorney general, spoke to some members of the Great Falls Education Association earlier this month. He quickly…
HELENA — Montana’s dollar limits on what people and groups can donate to candidates’ campaigns are too low, and unduly restrict what people are able and willing to give, witnesses tied to the Republican Party testified Wednesday in federal court.
HELENA — The commissioner of political practices on Tuesday tossed out four complaints alleging misrepresentation of a candidate’s record after a judge’s decision that the underlying state laws unconstitutionally restrict free speech, the latest development in the ongoing battle over Montana…
HELENA — A new political group, a state senator and a businessman asked the Montana Supreme Court Monday to remove Initiative 166 from the November general election ballot, calling it “a sham.”
WASHINGTON — If you thought the money race in the presidential campaign was already the Wild West, you haven't seen anything yet.
HELENA — As ballot measure sponsors prepare to turn in their signatures Friday, perhaps only one of proposals will likely qualify for the November ballot, with one still up in the air.
BIG SKY — U.S. Sen Jon Tester and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, traveled down familiar paths in their first live debate Saturday, with Rehberg casting Tester as a “rubber stamp” for President Barack Obama’s policies and Tester saying he’s a voice of reason trying to sol…
WASHINGTON -- Montana uses an interesting argument to justify defiance of a Supreme Court decision: Because the state is particularly prone to political corruption, it should be trusted to constrict First Amendment protections of political speech.