Montana’s Campaign Finance Case now in Hands of Citizen’s United Attorney
Montana's campaign finance law has been in flux ever since a lower court decision in Lair v Bullock overturned Montana's spending limits as being unconstitutional.
Shortly after the ruling, Attorney General Steve Bullock hurriedly requested a stay of that ruling. Currently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the stay until the lower court produces the reasoning behind the ruling.
According to plaintiff's attorney James Brown, the lower court has produced the materials required, and the decision on whether to continue a stay over the merits of the case could be made by the Ninth Circuit Court "within the next few hours."
If the stay is lifted, Montana will go back to having almost no campaign spending limits most likely until the next legislative session. If the stay is enforced, however, the case will be heard by a higher court. Brown says that if that happens, Attorney James Bopp will take over the case.
Bopp is considered by many to be the nation's leading attorney for campaign finance cases after working as an advisor to Citizen's United before the organization was on the winning side of the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Interview with Attorney James Brown: