Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Supreme Court Rejects Application to Vacate Montana Campaign Finance Ruling
The Supreme Court today rejected an application to vacate the Ninth Circuit's stay of District Judge Lovell's earlier decision that Montana's low campaign contribution limits violated the First Amendment. (Thanks to Emily Phelps over at the Constitutional Accountability Center's Text and History Blog for the tip.) This latest ruling in Lair v. Bullock means that Montana's contribution limits will remain in place pending appeal to the Ninth Circuit and, in particular, through the election. All signs now point to a Ninth Circuit reversal of Judge Lovell's ruling that the contribution limits violated the First Amendment.
Our most recent post on the case, with links to earlier decisions and background, is here. Phelps's post at CAC's Text and History blog, with more on the political context of the case, is here.