Citizens United Rejected By Voters In Montana, Colorado

Paul Blumenthal

November 7, 2012

Excerpt from the Huffington Post

"In Colorado and Montana voters overwhelmingly stated their disapproval of the campaign finance climate that emerged in the wake of the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling by voting for resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn of the ruling and end so-called corporate personhood.

Pushed by a coalition of reform groups, voters in both states passed resolutions with more than 70 percent approval, and with support from both sides of the aisle."

"John Bonifaz, of the anti-corporate personhood group Free Speech Is For People, also noted the bipartisan support and called the resolutions "huge victories." "They further demonstrate that this movement has broad backing from people across the political spectrum," he said."

"The Colorado and Montana resolutions are the first statewide initiatives supported by voters calling for the overturn of the controversial court ruling. Previously, reform groups worked to get state legislatures, city councils, towns and other levels of government to pass resolutions calling for its overturn."

"Montana's resolution had the strong backing of the state's outgoing Democratic governor, Brian Schweitzer. In May, he told The Huffington Post, "It was Montana in 1912 that banned corporate money from our elections. We don't mind leading and we believe it has to start somewhere. This business of allowing corporations to bribe their way into government has got to stop."

Schweitzer promised to "start a prairie fire" by passing the anti-Citizens United ruling. Both Cressman and Bonifaz hope that is the case."

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