Oct. 31, 2012
BILLINGS, Mont. – Thousands of Montanans opened today’s Billings Gazette to find a full-page ad welcoming Senator John McCain of Arizona back to the Big Sky State with a genuine “thank you” from Montana farmer Jon Tester.
The ad, online HERE, praises McCain for his outspoken criticism of the Supreme Court’s unpopular Citizens United decision. Rehberg is the only candidate in Montana’s U.S. Senate race who supports the controversial decision, which allows unlimited campaign spending with little accountability.
“We have to have a limit on the flow of money [into elections], and corporations are not people,” McCain said this past June.
Days later, Rehberg called Citizens United the “right decision on the part of the Supreme Court.”
Because of Rehberg and his support for Citizens United, 25,211 political TV ads ran in Montana during the first three weeks of October. Montanans have been exposed to more political TV ads than any other state in the nation.
In addition to the millions of special interest dollars that have been spent on behalf of Rehberg this election cycle, Tester’s newspaper ad also points out that special interests funded 13 luxury trips for Rehberg.
Rehberg was even endorsed by the organization Citizens United, the plaintiff responsible for the case.
“Unlike Dennis Rehberg, Jon Tester and Jon McCain believe that people and their ideas—not corporations and their money should decide elections,” said Alexandra Fetissoff Montanans for Tester spokeswoman. “Dennis Rehberg’s belief that corporations are entitled to the same rights as people is out of touch, irresponsible, and it’s hurting Montanans.”