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The Button Valley Bugle

I hope you are enjoying your year-long political campaign paid for with your retirement savings. Get used to it. This morning the U.S. Supreme Court announced in a 5 to 4 decision, without hearing any arguments, that the 2010 Citizens United decision applies to state elections whether states like it or not and they ain’t going to hear any arguments otherwise.  I expect Marcus Daily is doing handsprings in Hell.

In 1912, progressive Montanans passed the Corrupt Practices Act to stop corporate interests such as our beloved Copper Kings from buying our entire electoral process. In 1907, Mark Twain famously said of copper magnate William Clark;

“He is said to have bought legislatures and judges as other men buy food and raiment. By his example he has so excused and so sweetened corruption that in Montana it no longer has an offensive smell.”

With Citizens United and this latest ruling…

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