Monday, June 25, 2012

High court strikes down Montana campaign fund law

Citizens United v. FEC withstands test

Washington – The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed its holding on corporate finance of election campaigns, striking down a state law that limited contributions to very small amounts.

The holding affirms the landmark case Citizens United v. FEC, in which the Court placed no limits on corporate contributions to political action committees in support of election campaigns. The central tenet of the holding is that a corporation has all the same rights under the First Amendment as a person, that electioneering is a form of speech and should not be limited in any way.

In another case, the Court declared most of SB1070 unconstitutional, but let stand in the Arizona law a provision whereby police officers may question defendants whom they have charged with other crimes as to their immigration status.

A decision on the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 – Obamacare – is expected on Thursday.

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