Washington states campaign finance watchdog foresees no impact in the Evergreen State from todays ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that nullified a century old campaign-finance law in Montana. Lower courts had struck down Montanas prohibition on independent spending by corporations, and the high court cited its own 2010 ruling in Citizens United to back up its newest decision.
Todays ruling has no impact in Washington State. Washington States laws have never set limits on corporate campaign spending. There are contribution limits, but Citizens United was about independent spending by corporations not direct contributions, Washington Public Disclosure Commission spokeswoman Lori Anderson said in an email.