HELENA — The campaign of defeated governor candidate Ken Miller has asked a state District Court to reverse the state political practices commissioner’s findings that it violated campaign finance laws.

Miller, a former state senator from Laurel, placed third in the seven-way Republican primary election for governor on June 5. Former U.S. Rep. Rick Hill won the GOP primary.

Four days before the primary election, Jim Murry, the state’s political practices commissioner, found that Miller’s campaign had violated state campaign finance laws and said he could face up to $45,000 in fines. Murry issued an amended complaint against Miller on June 20.

Miller, through attorney James Brown, of Helena, filed a petition in state District Court in Helena seeking an injunction to prevent Murry’s decision from being enforced against him.

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The petition says that Montana’s political practices complaint process for alleged violations of state elections laws “violates the due process and equal protection of the United States and Montana constitutions.”

The case was assigned to District Judge James Reynolds of Helena.

When the findings were released, Miller accused Murry, a former state AFL-CIO chief, of being “still very much a Democratic Party operative.”

The petition also seeks a preliminary injunction “to immediately enjoin the continued public dissemination and posting of the commissioner’s amended decision, as it contains unfairly prejudicial, non-relevant and clearly unsupported allegations of wrongdoing against Miller and other individuals.”

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