U.S. Supreme Court Postpones Decision on Whether to Hear Montana Campaign Finance Case

The U.S. Supreme Court considered whether or not to hear American Tradition Partnership v Bullock at its June 14 conference. But, on the morning of June 18, the Court did not release any decision about whether it will hear the case. Instead, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider that case again at its June 21 conference. If it makes a decision at the June 21 conference, the public won’t hear what was decided until June 25.

The case arose in Montana. On December 30, 2011, the Montana Supreme Court had upheld that state’s ban on independent expenditures by corporations and unions, even though the Montana Supreme Court’s opinion seems to contradict the U.S. Supreme Court 2010 decision Citizens United v Federal Election Commission. The people who had sued Montana are now hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will reverse the Montana Supreme Court.

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