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Montana defends campaign finance law ahead of elections

Posted by Steve Schram on May 06, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Originally published on May 3, 2016 on the Washington Times by Matt Volz.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana attorneys on Tuesday defended the state’s new campaign finance disclosure law against a gun-rights organization that wants parts of it struck down before next month’s primary elections.

The Virginia-based National Association for Gun Rights claims the law passed by state legislators last year would force it to register as a political committee for making issue-advocacy statements that are protected by the First Amendment. The law imposes burdens - filing reports, disclosing contributors and opening a bank account among them - on groups that “simply desire to talk about matters of public concern,” the association’s attorney, Matthew Monforton, said in court filings.

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