Jul 18, 2012 9:15 PM by Marnee Banks (marnee@kxlh.com)

Helena judges decline to hear campaign finance case

All four District Court judges in Helena have declined to hear a case relating to campaign finance laws.

Court documents state that Judges Kathy Seeley, Jim Reynolds, Jeffrey Sherlock and Dorothy McCarter all have recused themselves from presiding over a case between the Montana Republican Party and the state Commissioner of Political Practices.

The GOP claims that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Bullock violated the law when he began raising money for his campaign without declaring which office he was seeking.

The Commissioner of Political Practices determined Bullock did not violate the law. The Republican Party is appealing the decision in District Court.

On Thursday, judge Wayne Phillips of Lewistown will hear the case in Helena.

The Bullock campaign confirms that none of the judges have financially contributed to their campaign.


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