HELENA – Yellowstone County’s attorney says he won’t pursue a civil case against unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Miller over campaign finance violations.
Lee Newspapers of Montana reports Scott Twito returned the case to Commissioner of Political Practices Jim Murry on June 5, the same day he received it, saying his office did not have the resources to pursue the case.
Murry said Tuesday his office will try to negotiate a settlement with Miller’s campaign. If not, the commissioner’s office could file a civil lawsuit in District Court.
Four days before the primary, Murry found that Miller’s campaign had accepted donations over the legal limit, accepted anonymous donations and stayed for 21 days at no charge at a Missoula inn during the campaign.
Miller denounced the commissioner’s findings as politically motivated.
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