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Commissioner rejects Democrats' claim that Republican PAC violated Montana campaign laws


HELENA, Montana — Montana's commissioner of political practices has dismissed a claim that a Republican political action committee illegally coordinated with Attorney General Tim Fox during his 2012 campaign.

Commissioner Jonathan Motl decided Wednesday that insufficient evidence exists to show Fox and the Republican State Leadership Committee were strategizing during the election season.

The committee spent more than $500,000 on television advertisements in Montana during the 2012 attorney general's race.

Former Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Ted Dick filed a complaint with the commissioner's office a week before the 2012 election that argued the committee should have reported those ads as campaign expenditures.

Motl rejects the assumption that a relationship between Fox and the Republican PAC implies the two were coordinating during the campaign.

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