The Fight

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.


11 Comments on "The Fight"

  1. What is the timeline on this? Anyone know? I ask because there are a whole slate of TEA party referenda on the ballot next cycle, thanks to the Montana Legislature.

  2. If you thought the copper collar was bad, wait until WTP wins this one.

  3. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | May 18, 2011 3:46 PM at 3:46 PM |

    What the???? You mean it’s pronounced Coke not Kock???? My bad. But they’re STILL the Big Kocks to me!

    Watch a very nice commercial about the Big Kocks.

  4. ‘Cokeheads’ for sure Larry, especially with their poster-boy x-eyed Scott Walker, and their operations at ALEC (yes folks, google that one), one of the most insidious organizations around since the early seventies, and responsbile for our state’s de-reg DISASTER…….

    How come all the ‘seccesh, rebel’ tea party factions weren’t standing up for our state’s UNIQUE stand against corporate corruption, as I thought ‘they’ were all about states havings rights?

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | May 19, 2011 6:51 AM at 6:51 AM |

      How so responsible for dereg? I thought that was a Goldman Sachs/Booby Gannon shennigan? Can you be a bit more explicit in that claim? How can you trace the Big Kocks to dereg? I’d be very interested to know.

      BTW, whatever happened to Booby Gannon? Is he still living large on his island home after ripping off millions from elderly Montana investors? Is he welcome any place in the state? Does he travel with bodyguards like Dopey Reeburp and his ex-Billings big burly cop buddy?

  5. Man, you guys have got even more fake commenters around here than usual.

    Slow news week?

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | May 19, 2011 6:46 AM at 6:46 AM |

      Actually, things weren’t all that slow ’til YOU showed up, marky! You seem awfully slow. So now, I guess you have a point where none existed before. Great debating technique, dude! BTW, why do you bother reading a site that you don’t like and then bother critquing it? Not real bright, are ya?

  6. This is nonsense. The Bible tells us that no-one but God knows the day. It is not revealed anywhere in Scripture in anyway, especially in some coded message.

    Do these looney tunes ever read the Bible???

  7. Corporate parties wanting money out of politics; like the hamster on the exercise wheel right? The real core issue is Bullock’s conduct to the Montana people, and the public fraud. No amount of “fight” , or dog wagging can cover that up. Independent here.

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