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Montana Campaign Finance Disclosure Law Stays In Place

A photo of The U.S. Supreme Court building taken on February 20, 2017
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A photo of The U.S. Supreme Court building taken on February 20, 2017.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a challenge to a Montana law that requires the disclosure of political ad spending.

The law requires nonprofit groups to register with the state as political committees if they run ads referring to a candidate or ballot issue within 60 days of an election.

It was passed in response to the 2010 Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision, which allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on election ads if they didn’t coordinate with campaigns.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law when it was challenged by the National Association of Gun Rights.