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MCDANIEL ASKS SUPREME COURT TO RECONSIDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE DECISION

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and 22 other attorneys general today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a 2010 decision that eliminated federal restrictions on independent political spending by corporations.

In an amicus brief, McDaniel said the decision in the Citizens United case should be revisited by the Court. The states shared with the Court concerns that unrestricted independent campaign expenditures may distort political races, promote corruption or require corporate shareholders to fund political communication that they oppose.

"The Citizens United decision opened the door for corporations and labor unions to secretly spend as much as they want, whenever they want, on political issues," McDaniel said. "I believe in reasonable contribution limits with transparent reporting requirements so that the people can know who is financing candidates and issues. The Citizens United case has destroyed those concepts."

The amicus brief was submitted in a Montana case that involves whether Citizens United should pertain to state and local elections. In an order issued earlier this year related to the Montana case, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the experience in Montana and elsewhere makes it "exceedingly difficult" to argue that independent corporate expenditures "do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption."

In the brief, the attorneys general argue that, under Citizens United, there is a higher risk that "nonresident corporations with discrete and well-defined interests will dominate campaign spending in state and local election contests," if applied to states.

The case is American Tradition Partnership Inc. v. Bullock, 11-1179.

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