Campaign Finance

Campaign Contribution Caps Tossed in Montana

It's free speech, and you can't muzzle that



That's the sound of the monetary flood gates opening to candidates for state offices after a federal judge ruled the Montana government cannot limit how much individuals donate to campaigns.

The ruling, handed down by U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell Wednesday, comes just about a month before Election Day.

Before the ruling, individuals could donate up to $160 to a legislative candidate and $630 for a gubernatorial nominee. Now, individuals can donate unlimited amounts to candidates in any race.