Supreme Court keeps Montana's limits on campaign contributions in place

Missoula Current

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge Monday to Montana’s base campaign contribution limits, which the Ninth Circuit upheld over a year ago.

The Campaign Legal Center explained in a statement this morning that base contribution limits were adopted in Montana by ballot initiative in 1994. The limits allow the state to cap how much money individuals, political action committees and political parties contribute to candidates for state elective office.

“Declining to hear this case protects the viability of contribution limits nationwide as a tool for state lawmakers to combat pay-to-play politics,” said Paul Smith, vice president at Campaign Legal Center. “The prospect that large, unlimited contributions could be given to candidates as a quid pro quo for political favors should be self-evident."

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