July 24, 2012
Contact: C.B. Pearson
406-544-0032

Official Statement on I-166 Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Lawsuit Filed to Deny Montana Voters the Right to Cast Their Vote on I-166

Corporations Don’t Want the People to Have a Voice in Fighting for Fair Elections

Late in the day on Friday, June 20, attorneys for Montanans Opposed to I-166 and Sen. Dave Lewis filed a lawsuit with the Montana Supreme Court to remove I-166 from the November 2012 ballot. Due to the timing of the filing, Stand with Montanans: Corporations Aren’t People – Ban Corporate Campaign Spending only became aware of the lawsuit on the afternoon of Monday, July 23.

Remarks from C.B. Pearson, Campaign Treasurer, I-I66 campaign, on the lawsuit filed to block vote on I-166:

“We are mad as hell, this lawsuit is nothing more than corporate hired guns trying to deny the people of Montana a chance to vote on a citizen initiative, one that clearly states corporations aren’t people and money is not speech.

What justice is there in trying to block the people’s vote on this important issue? We are confident that we will prevail but the real question is who is funding this frivolous lawsuit. This tactic smells of the Anaconda Mining Company when the company used their thugs to silence the people of Montana and used their money to buy elections.

The opponents had their chance to weigh-in during the review process and while the petition was circulating. Their action is even more outrageous given that we have already passed legal review to get on the ballot, and then gathered all the signatures. That makes the challenge even more severe and unfair.

What are the opponents to the initiative afraid of? Don’t they want the people of Montana debating this issue? People are fed up with big money dominating our politics and they are ready to fight back. Clearly the corporations don’t want the people to have a voice in fighting for fair elections. The corporations will try anything to stop this effort.

There is widespread support for this initiative. The valid signature count for the I-166 petition is still growing, but as of today it is approaching 32,000 signatures with 61 of Montana’s 100 house districts qualified. I-166 qualified for the ballot handily, as Montana law requires 24,337 total signatures as well as signatures from 5% of the voters in 34 house districts.”

More information is available at www.StandWithMontanans.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StandWithMontanans, on Twitter, @STANDwMONTANANS, and by calling (406) 356-NOV6 (6686).

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commented 2013-12-29 12:33:51 -0700 · Flag
Thank you
@pudcast245 retweeted @STANDwMONTANANS 2012-07-29 17:44:13 -0600
Opponents of I-166 have filed a lawsuit and want to block your vote. Stand with Montanans is fighting back. http://t.co/3hsEPMFC
@idealiztic mentioned @STANDwMONTANANS link to this page. 2012-07-26 08:05:46 -0600
Tired of corporate dominance?! Here's the Official Statement on I-166 Lawsuit http://t.co/PXhshhuv via @standwmontanans
@CMichaelCouch mentioned @STANDwMONTANANS link to this page. 2012-07-25 16:56:24 -0600
Official Statement on I-166 Lawsuit http://t.co/U11Uee4f via @standwmontanans
commented 2012-07-25 14:14:18 -0600 · Flag
Agreed, Jim. The suit is all about finding some way, any way, to get this off the ballot so the Montana people don’t have the chance to vote on this. It has very little to do with anything of substance. And to drive this point home, the process for approving language for the ballot includes the opportunity for opponents to weigh in with the AG’s office during drafting. They chose not to. Instead, they waited to offer their complaints after I-166 had qualified. Quite cynical, if you ask me.
commented 2012-07-25 12:12:15 -0600 · Flag
Jim Banister, we have now provided a link (see above) to the petition filed with the MT Supreme Court by opponents so you can read their case for yourself.
@RobertVella3 mentioned @STANDwMONTANANS link to this page. 2012-07-25 09:23:44 -0600
Official Statement on I-166 Lawsuit http://t.co/09dPsMPC via @standwmontanans
@Bill7940 tweeted link to this page. 2012-07-25 07:49:09 -0600
Corporations Don’t Want the People to Have a Voice in Fighting for Fair Elections; Lawsuit Filed in Montana http://t.co/S33r0vSK
@RAMWolff1350 tweeted link to this page. 2012-07-24 23:01:43 -0600
Official Statement on I-166 Lawsuit - Stand with Montanans http://t.co/HmJewbo3
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@RedBlueQuest mentioned @STANDwMONTANANS link to this page. 2012-07-24 20:12:20 -0600
@standwmontanans Corp hired guns trying 2 deny MT voters chance 2 state that corpns r not people,money not free speech http://t.co/9gRo2XDn
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