64th Montana Legislature

The 64th Montana Legislature on the House floor in February 2015.

Thom Bridge/Independent Record

HELENA — Montana lawmakers have rejected an attempt to hold a special session to raise campaign contribution limits.

Secretary of State officials said Tuesday that of the 94 people who responded poll of the Legislature, 74 voted against the special session.

A group of Republican lawmakers had sought the session to bring Montana's contribution limits in line with those in nearby states or to abolish the limits altogether.

It would have cost $92,000 to convene the Legislature for one day, and $44,000 a day after that.

The effort was spearheaded by Republican Rep. Matthew Monforton of Bozeman. He has said the current limits are too low for candidates to effectively campaign.

The limits were raised in May after a federal judge struck down lower caps approved by voters in 1994.

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