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ATPvBullock States Brief Supporting Montana

ATPvBullock States Brief Supporting Montana

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No. 11-1179I
N
 
THE
Supreme Court of the United States
O
N
P
ETITION
 
FOR
 
A
W
RIT
 
OF
C
ERTIORARI
 
TO
 
THE
 S
UPREME
C
OURT
 
OF
 
THE
S
TATE
 
OF
M
ONTANA
 AMERICAN TRADITION PARTNERSHIP, INC.,
et al.
,
 Petitioners,
 v.STEVE BULLOCK, ATTORNEY GENERALOF MONTANA,
et al.
,
 Respondents.
B
RIEF
 
FOR
 
THE
S
TATES
 
OF
N
EW
Y
ORK 
, A
RKANSAS
,C
ALIFORNIA
, C
ONNECTICUT
, D
ELAWARE
, H
AWAII
, I
DAHO
,I
LLINOIS
, I
OWA
, K 
ENTUCKY
, M
ARYLAND
, M
ASSACHUSETTS
,M
INNESOTA
, M
ISSISSIPPI
, N
EVADA
, N
EW
M
EXICO
, N
ORTH
 C
AROLINA
, R
HODE
I
SLAND
, U
TAH
, V
ERMONT
, W
ASHINGTON
,W
EST
V
IRGINIA
,
AND
 
THE
D
ISTRICT
 
OF
C
OLUMBIA
,
AS
 A
 MICI 
URIAE
 
IN
S
UPPORT
 
OF
R
ESPONDENTS
E
RIC
T. S
CHNEIDERMAN
 Attorney General State of New York
B
 ARBARA 
D. U
NDERWOOD
*
 Solicitor General
R
ICHARD
P. D
EARING
 Deputy Solicitor General
B
RIAN
A. S
UTHERLAND
 Assistant Solicitor General
120 Broadway, 25th FloorNew York, NY 10271(212) 416-8016barbara.underwood@ag.ny.gov
* Counsel of Record Attorneys for Amici Curiae
(
 Additional Counsel Listed on Signature Page
)
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 Page
INTEREST OF
 AMICI CURIAE
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2BACKGROUND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 ARGUMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10THE COURT SHOULD DENY PETITIONERS’ APPLICATION FORSUMMARY REVERSAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 A. The Montana Law at Issue Here DoesNot Operate as a Ban on CorporateSpeech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12B. The States Have Compelling Interestsin Regulating Corporate IndependentExpenditures in State and LocalElections That Were Not Addressed in 
Citizens United
.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16CONCLUSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
 
ii
TABLE OF CITED AUTHORITIES
 Page
CASES
 American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock
,132 S. Ct. 1307 (2012) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
 Ashland Oil, Inc. v. Caryl
, 497 U.S. 916 (1990) . . . 10
 Bluman v. FE
, 800 F. Supp. 2d 281 (D.D.C. 2011), 
aff’d
, 132 S. Ct. 1087 (Jan. 9, 2012) . . . . . . . . . 4, 19, 22
Cabell v. Chavez-Salido
, 454 U.S. 432 (1982). . . . . . 20
Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co.
,556 U.S. 868 (2009) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 17, 18, 20
Citizens United v. FEC 
, 130 S. Ct. 876 (2010) . . .
 passimConnally v. Georgia
, 429 U.S. 245 (1977) . . . . . . . . 10
 El Vocero de Puerto Rico v. Puerto Rico
,508 U.S. 147 (1993) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
 Holt Civic Club v. City of Tuscaloosa
,439 U.S. 60 (1978) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
 Human Life of Washington Inc. v. Brumsickle
,624 F.3d 990 (9th Cir. 2010),
cert. denied
,131 S. Ct. 1477 (2011) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
 Iowa Right to Life Committee, Inc. v. Tooker 
, 795 F.Supp. 2d 852 (S.D. Iowa 2011) (appeal
led Mar. 8,2012, Dkt. No. 12-1605) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
 Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First DerivativeTraders
, 131 S. Ct. 2296 (2011) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 15
 Landell v. Sorrell
, 382 F.3d 91 (2d Cir. 2004),
rev’don other grounds
, 548 U.S. 230 (2006). . . . . . . . . 22
 Marmet Health Care Center, Inc. v. Brown
,132 S. Ct. 1201 (2012) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
 McConnell v. FEC 
, 540 U.S. 93 (2003) . . . . . . . . . . 13, 14

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