Judge Asked to Dismiss Campaign Contribution Claim
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana attorney general's fight with the conservative group American Tradition Partnership over campaign finance laws has taken another turn.
The attorney general's office asked a federal judge Wednesday to throw out the remaining claims in a federal lawsuit that has so far gone against the state.
U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell still must decide whether the state's campaign contributions to candidates by political parties and individuals are too low.
The judge has previously ruled as unconstitutional laws requiring attack ads to disclose voting records and a ban on knowingly false statements in such ads. Lovell also decided that Montana cannot ban corporations from making contributions to political committees that make independent expenditures.
The state is appealing that portion of the decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.