Montana

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 [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, Montana

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 [...]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Sub-Pages, Featured Content, Press Releases, State, State Press Releases and Blogs, free speech, H.B. 129, Montana, District Of Columbia, Montana

Policy Memorandum: National Popular Vote

This memo dispells several popular myths surrounding the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV), which is quietly being signed onto in state legislatures across the country.

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In the News: USA Today: Montana gave Supreme Court no choice

Montana gave Supreme Court no choice By Bradley A. Smith The Supreme Court had no choice but to overrule the Montana Supreme Court. Montana argued that it is so corrupt that it can ignore the First Amendment. It would be as if a state argued that its crime rates were so high that it could [...]

Filed Under: Brad Smith, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, In the News, Published Articles, Montana

Daily Media Links 6/27: No Reconsideration Of Citizens United, Montana Ruling Could Fuel Campaign to Amend Constitution, and more…

In the News NPR: High Court: No Reconsideration Of Citizens United By Peter Overby BRAD SMITH: Voter turnout is up. There haven’t been big scandals. Races have been more competitive. So we think it’s a good thing to kind of put a nail in the coffin of this idea that Citizens United might be reversed. [...]

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Media Roundup: Supreme Court Rules on Montana

The Supreme Court reaffirmed the Citizens United decision yesterday with American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock.  Below are links to a number of useful articles on the decision: National Review: Montana’s Citizens United Challenge Fails By Bradley A. Smith Today’s Supreme Court summary reversal of the Montana Supreme Court’s ruling that Citizens United v. FEC somehow didn’t [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Completed Case, Featured Content, In the News, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Quotes CCP, Super PACs, Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock Other Links, Montana

In the News: WBUR: Big Money In The 2012 Campaign

Brad Smith, chairman and co-founder of the Center for Competitive Politics. He is a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. Read more…

Filed Under: Completed Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Quotes CCP, Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock Other Links, Montana

In the News: Huffington Post: Citizens United Montana Sequel: Supreme Court Ruling Panned By Reformers, Politicians

By Paul Blumenthal The Center for Competitive Politics, a group supportive of Citizens United and money in politics, said in a blog post on its website, “The First Amendment means the same thing in Montana as it does everywhere else in the country: people, no matter their associative status, may speak freely about politics.” Read [...]

Filed Under: Completed Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Quotes CCP, Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock Other Links, Montana

In the New: Boston Globe: Supreme Court reaffirms Citizens United ruling

By Tracy Jan Bradley Smith, a professor at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, and former member of the Federal Election Commission, said none of the horror stories some said would come out of the 2010 decision have materialized. “This fear that corporations would basically dictate policy and drive everybody else out, there is [...]

Filed Under: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Completed Case, In the News, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Quotes CCP, Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock Other Links, Montana