By Linsey Pecikonis | 0 comments
This blog has been cross posted over at Booman Tribune. Back onMarch 28th, I wrote about the MontanaCorrupt Practices Actamicus brief. As a reminder, one consequence of the horridCitizens UnitedSupreme Court ruling is that it invalidated state laws that limit or ban corporate financing of elections. The Montana law, passed in 1912 to deal with a ridiculous amount of influence by the Copper Kings, was challenged in state court by a new batch of corporate cronies. Surprisingly, the Montana Supreme Court gave the middle finger to the Supreme Court of the United States and upheld the law. That led the SCOTUS to issue a stay. Soon they will hear the case. Now, the amicus brief is something that is submitted to the SCOTUS by third parties who have an interest in the outcome of a case and who may have some unique insights to offer the Court. For example, the nation's attorneys general have experience enforcing campaign finance laws and they know how money can corrupt. So far, we've been able to enlist the solid commitment of twenty-two state Attorneys General (plus the AG of the District of Columbia) to sign onto an amicus brief that argues thatCitizens Unitedwas wrongly decided. We're aiming higher. Today,Democracy for Americais delivering petitions to 11 Attorneys General, eight of whom we want to thank and three who we think should support the brief (in Florida, Oklahoma, and Oregon). So, here's what I am asking you to do. Find your Attorney General on the list below. If they haven't already said 'yes,' dial that phone number and tell whomever answers the phone that you support Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock's effort to protect his state'sCorrupt Practices Actand that you expect your Attorney General to join with him by supporting the amicus brief.Citizens Unitedwas wrongly decided. Then gohereand tell us how your call went. STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL PHONE NUMBER SUPPORT STATUS Alabama Luther Strange 334-242-7300 Not Yet Alaska Michael C. Geraghty 907-465-2133 Not Yet Arizona Tom Horne 602-542-5025 Not Yet Arkansas Dustin McDaniel 501-682 2007 Yes California Kamala Harris 800-952-5225 Yes Colorado John Suthers 303-866-4500 Not Yet Connecticut George Jepsen 860-808-5318 Yes Delaware Beau Biden 302-577-8400 Yes District of Columbia Irvin Nathan 202-727-3400 Yes Florida Pam Bondi 850-414-3990 Not Yet Georgia Sam Olens 404-656-3300 Not Yet Hawaii David Louie 808-586-1500 Yes Idaho Lawrence Wasden 208-334-2400 Yes Illinois Lisa Madigan 217-782-1090 Yes Indiana Greg Zoeller 317-232-6201 Not Yet Iowa Thomas John Miller 515-281-5164 Yes Kansas Derek Schmidt 785-296-2215 Not Yet Kentucky Jack Conway 502-696-5300 Yes Louisiana Buddy Caldwell 225-326-6079 Not Yet Maine William Schneider 207-626-8800 Not Yet Maryland Doug Gansler 410-576-6300 Yes Massachusetts Martha Coakley 617-727-2200 Yes Michigan Bill Schuette 517-373-1110 Not Yet Minnesota Lori Swanson 651-296-3353 Yes Mississippi Jim Hood 601-359-3680 Not Yet Missouri Chris Koster 573-751-3321 Not Yet Montana Steve Bullock 406-444-2026 Yes Nebraska Jon Bruning 402-471-2682 Not Yet Nevada Catherine Cortez Masto 775-684-1100 Yes New Hampshire Michael Delaney 603-271-3658 Not Yet New Jersey Jeffrey Chiesa 609-984-5828 Not Yet New Mexico Gary King 505-827-6000 Yes New York Eric Schneiderman 800-771-7755 Yes North Carolina Roy Cooper 919-716-6400 Yes North Dakota Wayne Stenehjem 701-328-2210 Not Yet Ohio Mike DeWine 614-466-4986 Not Yet Oklahoma Scott Pruitt 405-521-3921 Not Yet Oregon John Kroger 503-378-4400 Not Yet Pennsylvania Linda Kelly 717-787-3391 Not Yet Rhode Island Peter Kilmartin 401-274-4400 Yes South Carolina Alan Wilson 803-734-3970 Not Yet South Dakota Marty Jackley 605-773-3215 Not Yet Tennessee Robert Cooper, Jr. 615-741-3491 Not Yet Texas Greg Abbott 512-463-2100 Not Yet Utah Mark Shurtleff 801-366-0260 Yes Vermont William Sorrell 802-828-3171 Yes Virginia Ken Cuccinelli 804-786-2071 Not Yet Washington Rob McKenna 360-753-6200 Yes West Virginia Darrell McGraw 304-558-2021 Yes Wisconsin JB Van Hollen 608-266-1221 Not Yet Wyoming Gregory Phillips 307-777-7841 Not Yet
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