July 11, 2012
HELENA – Montanans will vote on a ballot measure in November that declares it is the state’s policy that corporations are not human beings with constitutional rights and that money isn’t speech.
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch certified to Gov. Brian Schweitzer Wednesday that Initiative 166 had obtained enough signatures to qualify for the general election ballot.
The nonbinding policy statement also would direct Montana’s congressional delegation to support a federal constitutional amendment to nullify the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
The Citizens United ruling removed previous restrictions preventing corporations and unions from making unlimited independent expenditures for or against political candidates.