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Montana official says national GOP group broke campaign law

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Montana’s campaign finance regulator says a national organization that seeks to elect conservative judges blatantly violated state law by not reporting $ 268,000 that was used in attack ads against a Montana Supreme Court candidate.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl gave the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Judicial Fairness Initiative until 3 p.m. Wednesday to register and file a campaign finance report.

Motl says in a decision issued Tuesday the money went to a political committee called Stop Set ‘Em Free Sandefur. The group opposes District Judge Dirk Sandefur, who is running for an open Supreme Court seat against Kristen Juras.

Motl says the organization’s lawyer told him the money came from an affiliated group that is not regulated by campaign laws.

Motl calls that position foolhardy and says the group must register as a political committee.

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