McConnell Statement on Reversal of Montana Free Speech Case


By:  Mitch McConnell
Date: June 25, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's summary reversal of the Montana Supreme Court's decision (American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock) regarding First Amendment free speech rights as set out in the Citizens United decision:

"In another important victory for freedom of speech, the Supreme Court has reversed the Montana Supreme Court, upholding First Amendment free speech rights that were set out in Citizens United. As I pointed out in an amicus brief that I filed in the Montana case, a review of Federal Election Commission records of independent spending supporting the eight Republican presidential candidates earlier this year showed only minimal corporate involvement in the 2012 election cycle. Not one Fortune 100 company contributed a cent to any of the eight Republican Super PACs, as of the end of March, according to FEC records. The records also showed that of the $96 million contributed to the eight Super PACs through March 31, an overwhelming 86.32 percent of that money came from individuals while only 13.68 percent came from corporations and 0.81 percent from public companies. Clearly, the much predicted corporate tsunami that critics of Citizens United warned about simply did not occur."

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