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Legislator challenges state campaign law

By Associated Press
Published On: May 14 2014 04:28:31 PM MDT
Political Science professor thinks unlimited campaign donation deciscion will be overturned
BILLINGS, Mont. -

A state lawmaker who faces possible impeachment over claims that his campaign took illegal corporate contributions has filed a constitutional challenge to the law he is accused of breaking.
    
Republican Rep. Mike Miller of Helmville says the ban on corporate contributions is a ban on a form of political free speech.
    
Miller is one of two sitting legislators accused of taking illegal in-kind contributions and coordinating their 2010 legislative campaigns with a conservative group called Western Tradition Partnership.
    
Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl filed civil actions against Miller and Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich, along with seven other Republican candidates.
    
If a judge upholds Motl's findings, Miller and Wittich could be removed from office and as candidates from the 2014 ballot.
    
Miller and Wittich deny any wrongdoing.