Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is one of 22 attorneys general who have backed up Montana AG Steve Bullock's challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.
Montana's century-old Corrupt Practices Act, which was introduced early in the last century to check the power of copper barons, has been upheld by the state's highest court, putting it in conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
The high court put the state court’s ruling on hold while it examines it. The decision will decide whether state can control corporate spending in political campaigns.
Idaho doesn’t ban direct corporate contributions to candidates. It limits contributions to $5,000 per election for statewide posts and $1,000 for legislative seats.
But if Montana loses, corporations could ignore those limits.
Interesting side note, Bullock, a Democrat, is running for governor. And he's leading the money race against Republican Rick Hill, his likely opponent.