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October 18, 2010

Bullock Releases Statement on Corporate Electioneering Case

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock released the following statement today:

“Our state has a unique and compelling story where corporations, spending freely from their coffers, corrupted the political process. That history led to the Corrupt Practices Act of 1912, a law that has served us well for nearly a century.

Since that time, Montana’s elections have been among the most fair and open in the country. Everyone has had an opportunity to have their voices heard – Republican and Democrat, business and labor union, conservative and liberal.

This isn’t just about our history: two former secretaries of state and other experts in the field testified that an influx of corporate spending will corrupt the political process and drown out the voices of everyday Montanans. The facts in this case are markedly different from those considered by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United. Those differences still matter.

While I have a great deal of respect for the district court, the people of Montana have long said that its citizens, not corporations, should decide the outcome of elections. We knew that this case would ultimately reach the Montana Supreme Court, and I will continue to stand up for the people’s law and appeal the district court’s decision.”

District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock’s ruling was in Western Tradition Partnership v. State of Montana.