The most radical Supreme Court decision in recent memory might get another hearing. The high court is considering hearing a case out of Montana – where the state Supreme Court upheld a state law banning corporate spending in their elections. That ruling runs against the 2010 high court’s decision in Citizens United that opened the floodgates of corporate spending in our elections.
Earlier this year – the Supreme Court rejected the Montana court’s ruling – forcing the state to temporarily allow for corporate election spending, but now the Supreme Court may take up the case again – essentially giving Citizens United a re-trial. Fearing that their best hopes to win elections – lots and lots of corporate money – might be dashed, Republicans are urging the court to double-down on Citizens United.
The Chamber of Commerce and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell both filed briefs with the high court – calling on the Justices to uphold Citizens United without even hearing arguments. In 2010 – the first election since Citizens United – more than $300 million in outside corporate spending catapulted Republicans into power in the House of Representatives. And already this year – we’re seeing the out-sized influence of corporate Super PACs.
It’s time for the Supreme Court to correct its wrongs – and give democracy back to the people by saying corporations are not people and money is property – not speech. Unfortunately – it might take new, and uncorrupt, justices on the bench to do that.