Rejecting a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision giving corporations the right to make independent campaign expenditures, the Montana Supreme Court has ruled that banning such spending is justified given Montana’s long history of businesses corrupting the state’s political process.

The state high court ruled on Dec. 30 that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission did not apply to Montana’s Corrupt Practices Law, which prohibits corporations from using general funds to make political contributions.

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