GOP Lawmakers Seek Special Session on Campaign Financing

Legislators request August session one week before June 7 primary

By Tristan Scott

HELENA — A group of Republican lawmakers wants the Legislature to hold a special session in August to consider raising campaign contribution limits to be more in line with those in nearby states — or abolishing them altogether.

The legislators filed their request on Tuesday with the Secretary of State’s Office, just a week before the June 7 primary. The Secretary of State has five days to begin surveying the 150 members of the House and Senate.

Lawmakers also would consider closing a loophole that, in effect, allows political parties to pay the salaries of campaign staffers.

It would cost about $92,000 to reconvene the Legislature for a one-day session, and $44,000 for each additional day.