Supreme Court Upholds Free Speech...Again

Posted: Jun 25, 2012 1:26 PM

The First Amendment is something that has been a part of the U.S. Constitution for a very long time. Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United against the FEC, saying citizens have a right to exercise free speech through corporations. Today, that ruling was strengthened when the Supreme Court struck down a law in Montana that set a limit on how much money businesses could contribute to political campaigns.

By a 5-4 vote, the country's highest court ruled for three corporations - the American Tradition Partnership Inc political advocacy group, a nonprofit group that promotes shooting sports, and a small family-owned painting business - all of which challenged the law as violating their free-speech rights.

The ruling effectively applies to state and local elections and said there was "no serious doubt" the Montana law was covered by same legal reasoning as the U.S. Supreme Court's January 2010 ruling in the federal campaign finance case known as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Give it up, lefties.