Montana House Revives Bill to Raise Campaign Contributions

House had just rejected bill on a 50-50 tie

HELENA — The Montana House has revived a bill to raise campaign contribution limits for state candidates a day after rejecting it on a tie vote.

Republican Rep. Theresa Manzella on Wednesday asked her colleagues to reconsider their 50-50 vote that would increase how much money candidates can receive from political parties, committees and individuals.

The bill is controversial because a court case challenging the state’s contribution limits is before a federal appeals court. The measure also would diminish the commissioner of political practices’ oversight of campaign finance and reporting laws.

Democratic Rep. Virginia Court argued to let the bill die, saying it would only bring more money and less transparency into politics.

Despite that, the House voted 53-46 to bring the bill back for a floor debate on Thursday.

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