Supreme Court rejects Montana campaign money limits

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By James Vicini, Reuters

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday followed up on its 2010 ruling that unleashed corporate spending in federal elections, reversing a decision that upheld a century-old Montana law restricting business political campaign expenditures. 

By a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled for three corporations - a political advocacy group called American Tradition Partnership Inc, a nonprofit that promotes shooting sports and a small family-owned painting business - that challenged the law for violating their free-speech rights. 

In 2010, by a 5-4 vote in splitting along conservative-liberal ideological lines, the Supreme Court gave corporations the constitutional free-speech right to spend freely to support or oppose political candidates in federal elections, a ruling sharply criticized by President Barack Obama. 

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Supreme Court rejects Montana campaign money limits

Updated