Daines Stands by Corporate Special Interests, More Dark Money in Politics
Daines Defends Citizens United, Supports Unlimited Spending in Elections
(Helena, MT) – Congressman Steve Daines has once again failed Montanans by blocking a vote on a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United and eliminate dark money from elections. In addition, Daines' allies in the Senate stood in the way of passing a constitutional amendment banning dark money.
When it comes to influencing elections, Congressman Daines has a long history of siding against Montanans and standing by corporate special interests.
Since the Copper King era, Montanans have stood against corporate money in elections. In 2012, voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative calling on the state's leaders to overturn the Citizens United decision, which re-defined corporations as people, allowing them to spend money on political campaigns with no transparency.
“Congressman Daines support for Citizens United and corporate special interests flies in the face of Montana voters who want to see dark money out of our elections,” said Bryan Watt, spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party. “Congressman Daines lacks the leadership to stand up to his corporate cronies and millionaire friends to do what’s right for Montana. It’s time for Congressman Daines to decide who’s side he is on: special interests or Montanans.”