June 25, 2012
In a brief unsigned decision, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to have another look at its blockbuster 2010 campaign finance decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In a 5-to-4 vote, the majority summarily reversed a decision of the Montana Supreme Court that had refused to follow the Citizens United decision.
“The question presented in this case is whether the holding of Citizens United applies to the Montana state law,” the opinion said. “There can be no serious doubt that it does. Montana’s arguments in support of the judgment below either were already rejected in Citizens United, or fail to meaningfully distinguish that case.”
The four members of the court’s liberal wing dissented in an opinion by Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who said that Citizens United itself had been a mistake.
- “Were the matter up to me, I would vote to grant the petition for certiorari in order to reconsider Citizens United…” (althouse.blogspot.com)
- Citizens United Reaffirmed (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- ‘Citizens United’ Bounces Back to Supreme Court (abcnews.go.com)
- Supreme Court could rule as early as Monday on Montana-related review of Citizens United (dailykos.com)
- Sen. John McCain Trashes Supreme Court’s Citizens United Ruling [READ BRIEF] (ibtimes.com)
- Supreme Court Agrees to Reconsider Citizens United (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- WHAT OTHERS SAY: There are millions and millions of reasons to revisit Citizens United (columbiamissourian.com)
- Sidebar: In Citizens United II, How Justices Rule May Be an Issue Itself (nytimes.com)
- 22 States Back Montana’s Citizens United Challenge (newser.com)
- Supreme Court Considering Case That Defies Citizens United Ruling (usnews.com)