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Oct242017

Montana leaders celebrate victory in campaign spending case 

(HELENA)- It's a victory being celebrated by top Montana leaders from both parties. 

Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox are welcoming a ruling that upheld the state's limits on campaign contributions, which were first approved by voters in 1994.

Yesterday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2016 ruling in Lair v Motl, a case which has been rumbling through the courts since 2011 which challenged the voter-approved spending limits. The argument had been that the state's limits on individual and political party contributions were a violation of the right of free political speech. 

But the appeals judges found otherwise, saying the state had shown increased spending last year had actually shown evidence of interests attempting to use campaign contributions to acquire legislation. 

But we still don't know if the plaintiffs will appeal the ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals released yesterday. 

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