Dale Eisman Senior Writer/Editor Ph: 202.736.5788 firstname.lastname@example.org
on February 21, 2012
Groups plan rally in show of support for justices' suggestion to revisit Citizens United
WASHINGTON DC -- In the wake of the US Supreme Court's decision on Friday at least temporarily setting aside Montana's ban on corporate political spending, Common Cause and other organizations are rallying a public show of support for the high court to reverse the 2010 Citizens United decision. The rally comes after two justices - Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer - made an extraordinary statement in connection with the Montana case, calling for the court to reconsider Citizens United.
Who: Common Cause, Free Speech for People, Coffee Party, others
When: 12 noon ET on Thursday, Feb. 23
Where: Sidewalk in front of US Supreme Court
Late Friday, the US Supreme Court blocked a Montana Supreme Court decision to uphold a state ban on corporate spending on campaigns. In granting a temporary stay of the Montana law, two justices, Ginsburg and Breyer, urged their colleagues to reconsider Citizens United.
"Montana's experience, and experience elsewhere since this Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission make it exceedingly difficult to maintain that independent expenditures by corporations 'do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption,'" Ginsburg wrote. A petition for certiorari will give the Court an opportunity to consider whether, in light of the huge sums currently deployed to buy candidates' allegiance, Citizens United should continue to hold sway."
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