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Judge tosses Montana campaign contribution limits

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 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A federal judge has struck down Montana's campaign
contribution limits as unconstitutional.
   U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell of Helena issued the decision Wednesday
with just a month before the election.
   Lovell says current limits prevent state candidates from amassing the money
needed to run an effective campaign. It does not affect the races for the U.S.
House and Senate that are covered under other laws.
   The case came from conservative activists and Republican groups seeking to
undo many campaign finance laws in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens
United decision on corporate campaign spending. It is one of many ongoing fights
over such laws in Montana.
   Recent decisions have thrown out the state's century-old ban on some corporate
politicking, the ban on partisan judicial endorsements and other restrictions.
   AP-WF-10-03-12 2204GMT

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