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National association source of $500K Hill donation

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 25 2012 03:07:10 PM MDT
Updated On: Oct 25 2012 05:35:41 PM MDT
Rick Hill
HELENA, Mont. -

The Republican Governor's Association is the source of a disputed $500,000 donation made to gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill.
    
The Montana Republican Party donated the money to former congressman Rick Hill on Oct. 4 but had declined to say where it came from.
    
A campaign finance report filed Thursday shows the national organization gave $685,000 to the state party between Oct. 3 and Oct. 4.
    
The $500,000 donation was made during a six-day period between a federal judge's Oct. 3 ruling striking down the state's contribution limits and an appeals court's Oct. 9 block of that ruling.
    
Hill's opponent, Democrat Steve Bullock, is suing Hill to force him to return the money. A judge has ordered Hill to not spend the donation before a Monday hearing.