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Jan 29, 2013 10:48 AM by Joel Lundstad - MTN News

Baucus looking to overturn Citizens United decision

WASHINGTON, DC - Montana's Senior U.S. Senator is making another run at overturning the Citizen's United decision. Democrat Max Baucus introduced a constitutional amendment in the U.S. Senate Monday.

Senator Jon Tester is co-sponsoring the bill, that would overturn the three-year old Supreme Court ruling that prohibits the government from restricting campaign contributions by corporations or unions.

The Citizen's United decision also struck down a century old Montana ban on corporate spending in political races.

"My amendment will go a long way toward eliminating a lot of that dark money, limiting excess money in politics today so decisions are back in the hands of the people," Baucus said.

Baucus was unsuccessful with a similar effort in 2010. A Constitutional Amendment must pass two-thirds of both the House and Senate and be ratified by at least 38 states.

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