Update on Lair, et. al v. Gallik, et. al

Anyone who values freedom should have interest in this case.
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Two weeks ago, the third case spearheaded by American Tradition Partnership, et al, against the State of Montana, was assigned to Federal District Judge Lovell in Helena. Judge Lovell is a highly respected jurist.
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Amazingly, within 24 hours of receiving the case, Lovell scheduled the preliminary injunction hearing for two weeks out (February 16th), which is now upon us.
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The case law is strongly on our side.
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This case challenges the following as unconstitutional:

·      - Mont. Code Ann. § 13-37-216(1), (3), and (5), which limit contributions individuals and political committees may make to candidates (The $160, $500, and $1000 limits for various levels);

·      - Mont. Code Ann. §§ 13-37-216(3) and (5), which limit contributions from political parties to their candidates and imposes an aggregate limit on the contributions more than one political party may make to candidates;

·      - Mont. Code Ann. §§ 13-35-227, which bans corporate general-fund contributions to candidates and also bans corporate general-fund contributions to committees making independent expenditures;

·      - Mont. Code Ann. §§ 13-35-225(3)(a), which imposes disclaimer requirements on political speech – the “Disclaimer Requirement”; and

·      - Mont. Code Ann. §§ 13-37-131, which bans political statements about candidates’ voting records that the State judges to be false

If we prevail on the corporate independent spending ban,employers, small businesses and grassroots groups will be able to speak without fear of politically-motivated lawsuit harassment.
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If we win on the forced disclaimers (“I hereby affirm that the information contained herein is true and accurate o the best of my knowledge” and signed by the treasurer on every single piece) a major unconstitutional impediment to speech will be removed and people will be able to speak without fear of politically-motivated lawsuit harassment.
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If we win on the statement of the candidates entire record, people will be able to expose incumbents’ records without a research assistant or fear of politically-motivated lawsuit harassment.
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In other words, the First Amendment will apply in the state of Montana.