Montana argues that limits to campaign contributions do not hinder candidates

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September 16, 2012

Montana

By Tyler King

HELENA, Montana: A lawyer for the state of Montana argued that Montana's limits on campaign donations do not prevent candidates from getting their message out to voters, and aren't stopping political parties from wielding influence. Assistant Attorney General Mike Black said, “I don’t think there’s any evidence that the political parties’ voices are being held to a mere whisper, as they’ve claimed.”[1]

Lawyers from Republican Party groups, individuals, and business groups argue that the donor restrictions are stifling candidates and political parties. There are presently three major lawsuits spearheaded by American Tradition Partnership that challenge Montana's campaign finance laws. The laws limit the maximum amount that individuals and political-action committees are able to give to state candidates. Gubernatorial candidates are limited to $630 per donation while legislative candidates are limited to $160. Additionally, candidates are only able to accept a limited amount of donations from all party committees.[1]

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