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Supreme Court blocks Mont. court ruling upholding ban on independent campaign spending
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Supreme Court has blocked a Montana court ruling upholding limits on corporate campaign spending. The state court ruling appears to be at odds with the high court's 2010 decision striking down a federal ban on those campaign expenditures.
The justices on Friday put the Montana ruling on hold while they consider an appeal from corporations seeking to be free of spending limits. The state argues, and the Montana Supreme Court agreed, that political corruption gave rise to the century-old ban on independent corporate campaign spending.
In the 2010 Citizens United case, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that independent spending by corporations do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.