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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016 AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this May 3, 2013 file photo, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl speaks to a legislative selection committee in Helena. The U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling of 2010 is now being used to fight state limits on how much money individuals and groups can contribute directly to candidates. Lawsuits against contribution caps are pending in Alaska, Montana and New Mexico. "If you take it away, the sky's going to fall," Motl says. (AP Photo/Matt Gouras, File)

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016 AND THEREAFTER – FILE – In this May 3, 2013 file photo, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl speaks to a legislative selection committee in Helena. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling of 2010 is now being used to fight state limits on how much money individuals and groups can contribute directly to candidates. Lawsuits against contribution caps are pending in Alaska, Montana and New Mexico. “If you take it away, the sky’s going to fall,” Motl says. (AP Photo/Matt Gouras, File)

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  1. […] SUNSHINE WEEK-CAMPAIGN TRANSPARENCY-COURTS HELENA, Mont. — The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which allowed unlimited corporate and union election spending, is now being used six years later to fight state limits on how much money individuals and groups can contribute directly to candidates. Lawsuits against contribution caps have been filed in Alaska, Montana and New Mexico. Those challenges are being buoyed by a federal appeals court ruling last year that cites Citizens United in making it more difficult for states to justify donation limits. By Matt Volz (Associated Press). Photo. […]

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