Saying No to Corruption: Why Montana Is Fighting The U.S. Supreme Court
"Campaigns were conducted by simply the opening of a barrel, and sowing the state from one end to the other with corporation money—the largest barrel winning in the end. This extravagant campaigning prevented the election of any but the wealthy or those supported by special interests." â€¨ --from the Terry (Montana) Tribune, February 1910.
- Article II: the Declaration of Rights: “Neither the state nor any person, ï¬rm, corporation, or institution shall discriminate against any person…on account of race, color, sex [gender], culture, social origin or condition, or political or religious ideas.”
- Article IX: “The state and each person shall maintain and improve a clean and healthful environment…” (Though the Libby asbestos tragedy was yet unknown, previous corporate mining debacles drove the provision.)
- Strong “right to know” laws and privacy protections were included, resulting from Montana’s unusual mix of libertarianism and populism.