From Senator Tester’s Office….

One of two votes for Democrats I’ve cast in my life, and I’m still happy I did so:

I received a communication from Senator Tester’s office asking that I sign a petition which would regulate political contributions by corporations.  I wrote him back saying I would be happy to sign a petition if it included Unions.  I’m happy to say, that even though he didn’t advertise the fact, his co-sponsored proposed amendment did include Unions in those to be regulated.  I believe that ALL political contributions should be limited to $100.00, no matter where they originate.  Here’s Senator Tester’s [(d) Montana] reply:

Dear Larry,

Thank you for contacting me about the scope of efforts to amend the Constitution to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. FEC decision.  I appreciate your suggestion to improve these efforts.

I support a Constitutional amendment which would require corporations and labor unions to fully disclose funding sources before using their funds to influence elections.  You can read the amendment I’ve cosponsored online at:

Amending the Constitution to put elections back in the hands of the people will restore the balance between free speech and vigorous debate which was upset by the Citizens United decision.  I believe the Supreme Court decision undermines Montana’s values of transparency and accountability in our elections.

I appreciate your input on this issue.  I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind as we proceed on this important debate.


Jon Tester
United States Senator


Latest Title: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to authorizing regulation of contributions to candidates for State public office and Federal office by corporations, entities organized and operated for profit, and labor organizations, and expenditures by such entities and labor organizations in support of, or opposition to such candidates.
Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 1/24/2012)      Cosponsors (1)
Latest Major Action: 1/24/2012 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.



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