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Judge rules campaign disclosure law constitutional

By Associated Press
Published On: Sep 17 2013 04:17:33 PM MDT
Political Science professor thinks unlimited campaign donation deciscion will be overturned
HELENA, Mont. -

A federal judge has ruled Montana's requirement that political committees disclose their campaign spending is constitutional.
    
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen sided with the state Tuesday in a new decision.
    
He wrote that the public's right to know who is financing political campaigns vastly outweighs the minimal burden imposed on committees required to report the information.
    
The case stems from a lawsuit filed last year by the National Association for Gun Rights.
    
The Virginia organization argued it wanted to send political mailings on gun issues without registering as a political committee. It argued the requirement was an unconstitutional restriction of speech.
    
The judge rejected the argument and sided with the state's request to dismiss the case.