Montana Democrats React Negatively to SCOTUS Decision on Campaign Limits
Before the ink had dried on the Supreme Court's 5 - 4 McCutcheon v. Federal Election decision, Montana democrats came out swinging on what will likely continue to be a hot political topic in 2014.
The decision ruled that overall campaign spending limits on individuals were an unconstitutional and unnecessary limitation on free speech. This means that although a person may still be capped in the amount they give to one political candidate, that amount is not counted towards an overall total when giving to two or more candidates.
“It seems as if the Supreme Court is determined to give total license to the wealthy to use their resources to drown out the voices of working families in our elections," said Montana Governor Steve Bullock. "It’s disappointing that Court’s majority once again issued a ruling that seeks to turn our elections into auctions. I wish I could say that I’m surprised, but I’m not. This ruling, along with previous rulings from the Supreme Court’s majority, makes it all the more important that we protect our Montana laws that require disclosure and transparency"
Senator Jon Tester also spoke out against the decision saying, "the Supreme Court today allowed big money to continue its manipulation of our democracy. In an era where corporations are people and the wealthiest Americans buy elections, today’s decision further empowers a select few at the expense of the American people. Make no mistake: this decision is a set-back for our freedoms."
One of the main issues of the Tester reelection campaign was overturning Citizen's United, another campaign contribution decision by the Supreme Court.