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Thu., Jan. 12, 2012, 11:39 a.m.

Johnson: Are Corporations People?

It is rare – very rare – that a state Supreme Court rises up on its hind legs and says to the United States Supreme Court we think you blew it. Yet, that is pretty much what the seven member Montana Supreme Court said just before the New Year with a decision that seems sure to get the ultra-controversial Citizens United corporate campaign finance case back before John Roberts and Company very soon. Citizens United is the case, you will recall, that President Obama denounced in his 2010 State of the Union speech. The U.S. Supreme Court’s January 2010 decision, decided 5-4, not only overturned a century of settled campaign finance law, but served to midwife the unprecedented level of unregulated and mostly undisclosed spending of the so called Super PAC’s in the current Republican presidential primary process/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here.

Question: Which supreme court decision re: campaign financing do you support -- U.S. or Montana?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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