State legislator challenges campaign law

2014-05-14T14:54:00Z 2014-06-23T14:59:07Z State legislator challenges campaign lawThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 14, 2014 2:54 pm  • 

HELENA — 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.

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