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Published on Jun 25, 2012
Montana farmer Jon Tester responds to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to toss out Montana's 100-year old law limiting corporate influence over our elections.
Tester is a firm believer people and their ideas--not corporations and their money--should decide our elections.
In addition to this video, Tester released the following statement in response to the ruling:
"This decision rolls back 100 years of transparency in Montana, returning us to an era when millionaires and billionaires bought elections for themselves. That's not free speech; it's corruption.
"Today's ruling is an endorsement of secret spending and the backwards notion that corporations somehow have the same constitutional rights as American citizens. We don't believe that in Montana. We believe that people and their ideas—not corporations and their money—influence elections.
"Today's ruling will open the gates to even more out-of-state money from secretive special interests. But Montanans know that their votes can never be bought."