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May 3, 2012 9:44 PM by Evan Weborg (KXLH Helena)

Schweitzer, Bohlinger say I-166 will keep corruption out of politics

HELENA - Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) put his signature on a petition that he claims will keep corruption out of politics.

Schweitzer and Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger both signed ballot initiative 166 at the Capitol on Thursday.

The initiative says that corporations are not people and can not spend money to influence elections.

I-166 is in response to the Citizens United ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling; Montana is the only state to take a legal stand against that decision.

C.B. Pearson, the treasurer of the Stand With Montanans campaign, said, "People have an interest in Montana across the whole nation, the media, our readers, they are intrigued by us and so we can set the course of popular elections."

Schweitzer said, The point is simple, this is our government and we are not going to allow any corporation to steal it from us."

The Stand With Montanans campaign needs more than 24,000 signatures to get their initiative on the November ballot.

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