Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to safeguard its controversial Citizens United case by overturning a state ruling that defied the high court’s decision.
Two years ago, a 5-to-4 majority of justices rejected spending limits for corporations and labor unions within federal election law. However, the Montana Supreme Court went in the opposite direction earlier this year and upheld a century-old state law banning corporate campaign spending.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer suggested the ruling should be reconsidered given the upheaval against the case, and the high court is contemplating just that.
In a legal brief, McConnell joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in asking the justices to overturn the Montana decision without holding a hearing. But supporters of the state ruling have also filed a brief urging for a regular review with the justices hearing their arguments.