Lawmaker's attempt to toss complaint rejected

2014-07-08T13:48:00Z 2014-07-11T09:44:09Z Lawmaker's attempt to toss complaint rejectedThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 08, 2014 1:48 pm  • 

HELENA — A judge has rejected the Montana Senate majority leader's attempt to dismiss charges that his campaign took illegal contributions and coordinated with a conservative group.

District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock ruled Monday the case against Sen. Art Wittich can go on.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl filed a civil complaint earlier this year alleging the Bozeman Republican violated campaign-finance laws in his dealings with Western Tradition Partnership in 2010.

If Sherlock upholds Motl's findings, Wittich could be removed from office and as a candidate in November's election.

Wittich says he did nothing wrong. He argues Motl's complaint should have been filed in Gallatin County because that's where he signed his campaign finance report.

Sherlock struck down that argument, saying an offense would only occur when the commissioner receives the report in Lewis and Clark County.

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