Posted: Oct 3, 2012 7:56 PM by Tara Oster - KAJ News
Updated: Oct 4, 2012 10:38 AM
KALISPELL Corporate campaign spending has been a big issue for Montanans, especially now that election season is in full swing.
A ballot committee supporting Initiative 166 has been touring around Montana over the last nine days trying to spread their message about wanting to ban corporate campaign spending.
I-166 states corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights because they are not people.
The treasurer for Stand with Montanans said they've invited their opponents, Montanans Against I-166 to debate face to face. But so far, they haven't had a public debate.
The group's main platform is "corporations are not people" and Treasurer C.B. Pearson said corporate campaign spending can actually discourage Montana voters.
"And if people think that they don't have a voice - that these out of state groups are going to dominate the elections - their contributions of $10 and their volunteer time isn't going to have an impact then they may not participate in the future," he said.
There's been an ongoing fight between Stand with Montanans and Montanans Against I-166 about whether or not is should appear on the November ballot.