Posted: Oct 4, 2012 9:47 AM by MTN News
MISSOULA - A ruling that affects political campaigns in Montana has been handed down with a federal judge in Missoula saying it's illegal to cap the amount of money an individual can give to a political candidate.
U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell struck down Montana's campaign contribution limits as unconstitutional late on Wednesday. He says current limits prevent state candidates from building their campaign funds enough to run an effective campaign.
The judge's decision was brief, but Lovell said he plans to release more details on his ruling soon.
Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock, who is a gubernatorial candidate, says he will file an emergency stay before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in hopes of blocking the ruling.