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Montana Voters Overwhelmingly Said That Corporations Aren't People

•, Erin Fuchs

Montana voters specifically said "corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights because they are not human beings," Courthouse News Service reported.

The measure was a stinging rebuke to the U.S. Supreme Court's June decision to do away with the state's campaign-finance limits.

In its June ruling, the Supreme Court essentially affirmed its divisive 2010 decision in Citizens United finding federal campaign finance limits interfered with corporations' "free speech" rights.

Montana's "corporations aren't people, too" measure orders its reps in Congress to propose a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
In reality, it's a huge long shot that the state's representatives will be able to amend the Constitution, Jess Bravin points out in the Wall Street Journal. For that to happen, two-thirds of lawmakers in both houses of Congress would have to sign off and then three-fourths of the states would have to adopt the change.

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Comment by Temper Bay
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 Saying corporations are not people is like saying the Earth is not round.  Corporations are made up of share-holders = PEOPLE...not rocks, not trees, not rubber balls, not computer chips, not androids, but PEOPLE.  I'm afraid Montanans passed a head-in-the-sand 'feel good' measure.

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