In a memo thick with bravado but lacking in coherence, the American Tracition parthership today declared victory over Montana voters.
The ATP makes the ridiculous claim that Steve Bullock’s defense of Montana’s anti-corruption law amounts to an “indefensible attacks on Montanan’s God-given right of free political speech.” One can only assume the celebratory drinks were a little too copiously sipped.
In reality, history has shown that big money in politics buys more and corrupts faster at the state and local levels. And so, the Supreme Court’s assertion that money is the same thing as speech makes the words “free speech” bitterly ironic.
ATP goes on to insist that they have “always adhered to every letter of applicable law.” If that’s true, one wonders what they view as inapplicable.
“The fight’s not over,” Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer said the Youtube clip for StandwithMontanans.org. “We’re going to overrule the Supreme Court with a constitutional amendment, to make it clear that we the people are in charge of America, not we the corporations. Here in the Montana we’re putting it on the ballot.”
“Corporations are people? I’ll believe that when Texas executes one,” said the Governor. Click here to get involved in the campaign to overturn the ruling.
As the Billings Gazette reports, ATP has also sued to strike down two other Montana laws. Montana courts will decide whether ATP must disclose its donors. They’ll also rule on ATP’s lawsuit to increase individual contribution limits–a change favored by the failed legislative leader and GOP Gov race dropout Jeff Essmann. Probably Essmann hopes to give wealthy individuals more say in Montana elections. The Sanders County Republican Party has also sued the state. The Sanders County GOPers think Republicans should have the right to endorse candidates in non-partisan judicial races.