Montana

Issue Analysis No. 7: Do Limits on Corporate and Union Giving to Candidates Lead to “Good” Government?

Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citi­zens United v. FEC, which freed corporations and labor unions to finance independent expen­ditures in support of federal candidates, the is­sue of corporate and union spending in elections has become a frequent and impassioned topic of political discussion. Most states treat limits on corporate and union giving to […]

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Political Participation and Civic Courage: The Negative Effect of Transparency on Making Small Campaign Contributions

This study by Raymond J. La Raja examines whether public disclosure of campaign contributions affects individuals’ willingness to donate to candidates. Across the country, state campaign finance laws require disclosure of contributors’ private information at relatively low thresholds, ranging from $1 in seven states to $300 in New Jersey. Drawing on social influence theory, La […]

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UPDATED: Issue Analysis 6: Do Lower Contribution Limits Produce “Good” Government?

Advocates for strict campaign finance laws and low contribution limits often suggest that such limits will do much to improve government. For this reason, proposals and groups urging the adoption of low contri­bution limits are often characterized as pro­ducing “good government.” One of the more respected evaluations of how well a state government is operated […]

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UPDATED: Issue Analysis 5: Do Lower Contribution Limits Decrease Public Corruption?

Note: This report is an updated version of an Issue Analysis originally published by the Center for Competitive Politics in January 2009. This version has been edited to reflect contribution limits from the 2011-2012 election cycle and corruption data, from 2001-2010. Advocates of campaign finance regulation often claim that contributions to political candidates must be limited […]

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CCP Comments on Montana Senate Bill 375

One of the primary issues with the legislation is the new, overly broad disclosure regime it creates. S.B. 375 purports to regulate communications similar to, though broader than, federal Electioneering Communications. While the Citizens United Court upheld disclosure in that context, it addressed only a narrow and far less burdensome form than that proposed in […]

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Comments to the Montana House Judiciary Committee on Senate Bill 320

S.B. 320 would directly and unambiguously contradict the Supreme Court’s holding in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and the subsequent reaffirmation of that holding in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. Its passage would evidence a marked lack of concern for the rule of law and would expose Montana to costly re-litigation of an already-settled legal question. […]

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CCP Submits Comments on Montana Bill that Directly Violates Citizens United Decision

CCP Submits Comments on Montana Bill that Directly Violates Citizens United Decision ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Center for Competitive Politics’ Legal Director Allen Dickerson submitted comments today to the Montana House Judiciary Committee concerning Senate Bill 320, which blatantly contradicts the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock by prohibiting corporations from making independent expenditures or […]

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The Difficulties of Running for State Office

Last week at CPAC we talked with former candidate Niles Brush about the difficulties he encountered while running for the state senate in Montana: : Mr. Brush sums up: “We have real discrepancies about campaign laws;  about what is legal, what isn’t legal, it makes it really difficult to run especially if you’re a  candidate like me […]

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Comments to the Montana Senate Judiciary Committee on H.B. 129

Matt Nese, CCP’s Director of External Relations, in comments to Montana’s Senate Judiciary Committee on H.B. 129, warned that the proposal “would set a dangerous precedent allowing the government itself to define the truth or falsity of campaign speech.” The legislation seeks to amend the state’s law that regulates the truth of campaign speech after it was found unconstitutionally […]

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Plan for State to Police Speech Could be Costly, Unconstitutional

Plan for State to Police Speech Could be Costly, Unconstitutional ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Matt Nese, CCP’s Director of External Relations, in comments to Montana’s Senate Judiciary Committee on H.B. 129, warned that the proposal “would set a dangerous precedent allowing the government itself to define the truth or falsity of campaign speech.” The legislation seeks to amend the state’s law […]

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