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US Supreme Court Won't Take Challenge To Montana Campaign Finance Law

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Montana’s 2015 campaign finance law survived its biggest test Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, declined to take up a case challenging the state’s Disclose Act

The high court leaves in place a lower court’s ruling that Montana’s so-called 'Disclose Act' is constitutional.

The law, aimed at so-called “dark money groups,” which don’t disclose the names of their donors, requires more public reporting on spending by political groups aiming to influence elections. It is one of the signature policies of Gov. Steve Bullock’s administration.

“I’m so pleased that the challenge to this law, when we got Democrats, Republicans to come together and it’s been working in Montana, that that challenge was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Bullock said.

Bullock has used Montana’s campaign disclosure law as one of his platform issues as he’s worked to gain national attention as he appears to be considering a run for president.

The Disclose Act was challenged by a Billings-based group called Montanans for Community Development, which sued to strike down the law it called a burden on free speech.

Corin Cates-Carney manages MTPR’s daily and long-term news projects. After spending more than five years living and reporting across Western and Central Montana, he became news director in early 2020.
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