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Supreme Court does not take Montana campaign finance case

AP reports: The Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear a challenge to Montana campaign contribution limits by critics who contended the strict rules infringed on free speech rights.

The court, without comment, let stand a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the caps on contributions by individuals and political action committees were justified to prevent even the appearance of corruption in the state political process.

The Montana Right to Life Association had filed the appeal, saying the contribution limits prevented candidates from waging effective campaigns. The limits restricted the First Amendment rights of those wanting to donate money, it said.

The circuit court disagreed, basing its 2003 decision on two U.S. Supreme Court rulings that said campaign contribution limits are permissible if they satisfy an important enough state interest and are narrowly written to do that. -- Supreme Court Lets Campaign Case Stand (AP via TheState.com)