Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock is continuing the fight to keep multinational corporate money out of Montana elections –and out of the nation’s elections. Now, national election watch dog groups are stepping up to join Bullock in the fight.
Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock is working on an appeal state Judge Jeffrey Sherlock’s October ruling that Citizens United invalidated Montana’s century old clean elections law. Montana’s law was passed because of the undue influence the copper industry had on Montana politics at the turn of the century. Today, thanks to this decision, corrupt corporate influence has been restored to its place in the political process; Bullock wants to change that. The average state legislative candidate in Montana raises some $10-$15,000 in Montana, meaning that large corporations can easily buy our elections.
The American Independent has the latest update in the fight.
Free Speech for People has filed an Amicus Curiae brief [FSFPAmicusBrief PDF] (a document that an outside party can submit to provide information to a court) with the Montana Supreme Court, which will be hearing Attorney General Bullock’s appeal of Sherlock’s decision.
Western Tradition Partnership (WTP) brought the suit that Bullock is now appealing. WTP is a shadow organization that has has been targeting pro-conservation candidates in both parties for the last few years, and specializes in nasty (and potentially illegal) campaign tactics. Tim Ravndal, the Montana TEA Party leader that was forced to resign over his comments about the hanging of gay people, and His Royal Shadiness John Sinrud have both been affiliated with the shadow group at one time or another.
If WTP wins in the Montana Supreme Court, Steve Bullock can, on our behalf as the state of Montana, take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court; if Bullock and Montana wins, WTP can do the same.