SCOTUS Rules on State Campaign Contributions

In a two-paragraph opinion, the Supreme Court refused to revisit Citizens United and ruled 5-4 that Montana’s 100-year-old law limiting corporate campaign contributions was invalid, reversing the Montana Supreme Court.  Twenty-two other states had joined with Montana.

So efforts to restrict corporate spending in local and state elections have failed.

The case was American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock.

Small Donors Don’t Like Mitt

Only 10% of Mitt’s campaign contributions are for less than $200.  By contrast, 49% of Santorum’s and 48% of Newt’s are less than $200.

A campaign that doesn’t have a lot of people sending in $25 or $50 is a campaign without grass roots, without passion and enthusiasm.

If the small donations aren’t there, the votes won’t be there either in November.

The Last Comparison Rick Perry Wants

Brent Budowsky over at The Hill has quite a provocative headline up: “Rick Perry = Rod Blagojevich.”

But his story goes beyond that headline to argue that Rick Perry>Rod Blagojevich, asserting that Perry makes Blagojevich “look like an amateur” when it comes to pay-for-play fundraising.

He claims, “I hear national reporters are all over Texas right now” to expose campaign contributions from companies that got state funds and individuals who got state jobs.

I assume Karl Rove is delighted to take those reporters to the rock pile and watch as they turn them over.

So will it be White House or Big House?  Don’t mess with Texas, but especially don’t mess with Rove.