Most of media attention was focused on yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on Arizona. I was just as interested in what they did in Montana.
Remember all that talk about states’ rights? Conservatives used to believe it. In fact, the court made that point in ruling on Arizona’s immigration law – that states have a right to do what they need to do to protect against illegal immigration.
Well, they used to believe in states’ rights. And they might still do so in Arizona. But not in Montana.
Back in 1912, by voter initiative, the good people of Montana put a lid on corporate campaign contributions. And, last year, the Montana Supreme Court – despite the U.S. Court’s Citizens United ruling – said that 1912 law was still necessary to prevent corruption in Montana politics.
But, yesterday, the Supreme Court, narrowly, disagreed. By a 5-4 vote, they threw out Montana’s 100-year-old law – insisting states had no right to disagree with Citizens United. Corporate contributions had to remain unlimited at both the federal and state level.
In other words – just like they did in Florida in 2000 – this conservative Supreme Court threw states’ rights out the window.
That’s my parting shot for today.