Local Missoulian measure seeks to challenge Citizens United case

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August 24, 2011

Montana

MISSOULA, Montana: The Missoula City Council placed a referendum on their ballot which would address the US Supreme Court and ask them to amend their decision in the case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

The question asks the court to clearly state that corporations are not human beings and therefore do not have the same rights. At the recent council meeting, in which it was decided to place the measure on the ballot, several citizens spoke in favor of this measure, though others noted that it may hurt businesses in the area. The State Representative from Missoula Ellie Hill commented that she had tried to place a similar measure on the state wide ballot. Though she garnered support from both parties, historically Montana has had a lot of "big money" come in and the proposed amendment likely would not have been able to pass the legislature.

Supporters of the measure note that the city council did the right thing, that corporations are not the same and the decision should be reversed. Opponents noted though that the measure seems to be anti-business, noting that most media outlets are corporate owned already.[1]

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