Statement of Heidi Heitkamp on Supreme Court Decision American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock
Mandan, N.D. — Former Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp released the following statement after the U.S Supreme Court struck down a 100 year old Montana law that limited corporate contributions in state elections, a law intended to reduce corruption and the appearance of corruption. The Montana law had bipartisan support from 22 states and Senator John McCain.
Since campaign finance limits were struck down, outside groups — many of which are funded in secret with unlimited contributions — have spent $300,000 in false, negative attack ads in North Dakota. Over the weekend, Rep. Rick Berg followed their lead with another negative attack ad.
“Today the court could have reversed its wrongheaded decision in Citizens United that broke precedent and ushered in the Wild West of campaign finance, allowing corporations, millionaires and billionaires to spend unlimited sums of money, in secret, to influence our political process,” said Heitkamp. “Now we’re seeing these same attack ads funded by corporate special interests pollute the airwaves here in North Dakota. I will work with members of both parties to reform our broken campaign finance system so that average North Dakotans have a real voice in our political process, not the corporate special interests.”
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