MATT SLEDGE, Huffington Post
The Copper Kings once lorded over Montana, picking the state's governors and senators. The grip of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company was so tight that it took a statewide initiative, the 1912 Corrupt Practices Act, to stop big corporations from buying a candidate's way into office.
But exactly a century later, in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, corporations are coming back. A Friday finance filing with the state Commissioner of Political Practices revealed that in just the past two weeks, companies contributing to the Republican State Leadership Committee lobbed $108,217 into the race for the state's attorney general -- the same office charged with defending the Corrupt Practices Act.
"I'm sure Shakespeare would love to write a play about this," said Derek Cressman, Common Cause's regional director of state operations for western states. "It's a classic example of once the floodgates are open of what can happen."