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.