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Judge Orders Rick Hill to Stop Spending $500,000 From State GOP

A Montana district judge has temporarily ordered GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill to cease spending a $500,000 donation from the state Republican Party. The Missoulian:

A state district judge on Wednesday temporarily ordered Republican governor candidate Rick Hill to stop spending a disputed $500,000 donation and cancel all pending ads bought with this money, while she reviews the contribution's legality.

District Judge Kathy Seeley of Helena issued the restraining order late Wednesday and scheduled oral arguments for 9 a.m. Monday.

That's just eight days before the close governor's race between Hill and Democrat Steve Bullock, with Libertarian Ron Vandevender running a distant third.

The donation was made in early October, during a 6-day period after the state's contribution limits ($22,600 from a state party) were struck down and before they were reinstated.

The Missoulian reports that the large donation helped Hill to take the lead in fundraising over Bullock. Reports filed Monday show that, including the $500,000, Hill raised $733,000 from September 6 to October 17, while Bullock brought in $321,000.

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