Despite four dissenting votes, the U.S. Supreme Court has rather cavalierly struck down the Montana Supreme Court’s ruling on corporate campaign contributions.
UPDATE: My earlier thoughts on the topic.
UPDATE 2: Much more here.
UPDATE 3: Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock responds:
“It is a sad day for our democracy and for those of us who still want to believe that the United States Supreme Court is anything more than another political body in Washington, D.C.
“I am very disappointed in what the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision means for state and local elections in Montana – and for our entire nation. One hundred years ago, Montanans passed an initiative to protect democracy, to give everyday people a voice that would no longer be silenced by a sea of corporate money. Their wisdom and the Corrupt Practices Act of 1912 have served Montana well for over a century, and could have provided the Court with the opportunity to revisit some of the fundamental fallacies underlying the Citizens United decision.
“I am proud to have led this fight for Montana and honored that 22 other states and Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) stood shoulder to shoulder with Montana. Despite this disappointing decision, the last word has not been spoken on the issue of how we preserve a viable democracy in which everyday people have a meaningful voice. History will show that it was Montanans and the Montana Supreme Court that understood the heart of this issue and stood on the side of ‘We the people.’”
UPDATE 4: U.S. Sen. Max Baucus responds:
“This decision is a dangerous blow to democracy. But our fight is far from over. 100 years ago, Montanans stood up and said elections belong to us, not to the copper kings.
“And today we say the same thing. Our elections are not for sale to corporations. My constitutional amendment would right this wrong once and for all, and today’s announcement makes me more determined than ever to get it done.”
UPDATE 5: E.J. Dionne chimes in.