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United States Supreme Court Certiorari Granted


American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock

Summarized by: 

Date Filed: June 25, 2012
Case #: 11-1179
Per Curiam
Full Text Opinion: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-1179h9j3.pdf

Constitutional Law: A state ban on independent political expenditures from corporate general treasuries unduly burdens First Amendment rights.

Petitioner sued Respondent, the Attorney General of Montana, challenging a Montana campaign finance law that prohibited independent political expenditures made from corporate general treasuries. The Montana Supreme Court upheld the law against challenge and distinguished the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, holding that Montana campaign finance regulations were "less onerous" than the federal regulations the US Supreme Court held unduly burdened the First Amendment rights of Citizens United.

The Supreme Court reversed per curiam, holding that there is no distinction and Citizens United controls.