This is big news getting not much national attention thanks to the predictable and pointless sideshow going on in Iowa. This case presents the first possible test for the Citizens United case in the Supreme Court, in which the high court said corporations are people with free speech rights. Corporations were first recognized as "persons" in the 1800s for purposes of contracts and enforcement of contracts, and 14th amendment Equal Protection rights, but the idea of "free speech" as a civil-rights protection of corporate political spending wasn't concocted until 2010. This Montana case presents a conflict the Supreme Court will have a tough time ignoring.
Anyway, this is a big deal, and what a day for it to break, just a few days before Mitt Romney, Mr. "Corporations are people too, my friend" vies for the Miss Republican Contest title to challenge Miss Wall Street Universe defender Barack Obama in November. Who will Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, et al give more money to this time?
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