We know the Montana challenge to Citizens United was struck down, but most don’t know how this broadened the ruling to unleash corporate cash into state and local races. NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman assembled a posse of AGs to prove the original ruling was baseless, but the Court refused to budge. The battle against a corrupt Supreme Court and profit-hungry media continues as 2012 elections approach.
Though you probably missed it, the Supreme Court’s much anticipated ruling on Obamacare overshadowed Montana’s challenge to Citizens United, just a few weeks prior. On June 25, for the first time, the court permitted unlimited, anonymous spending in state and local races of any size, overriding the states’ sovereignty to prevent corruption.
If unscrupulous campaign financing is the same ill underlying all major crises from war to pollution to financial fraud, the Montana reversal will ultimately prove bigger than the health reform debate. So why aren’t we hearing about it? The media doesn’t want “disclosure” endangering their new multi-billion dollar revenue stream.
New York’s Attorney General knew what was at stake last Spring, organizing dozens of states in protest. Though he was already overworked, understaffed and denied funding in trying to shore up criminal cases against the biggest banks on Wall Street, Eric Schneiderman knew the disease of money in US politics was about to get much worse – over 50 times worse – as “Son of Citizens United” made its way to the Roberts Court.
Without media coverage, Schneiderman couldn’t do much so our campaign finance integrity problem did in fact get exponentially worse. In dismissing Montana’s Supreme Court ruling without even hearing oral arguments, the SCOTUS trashed that state’s 1912 anti-corruption law, expanding Citizens United fractally so it now affects every campaign in the land, from the White House down to local school board elections.
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