A Montana district judge ruled on Wednesday that GOP gubernatorial nominee Rick Hill cannot spend a contested $500,000 contribution from the state GOP -- and the Hill campaign doesn't plan to appeal the ruling at this point, the Missoulian reports.
Hill received the contribution during a brief period in early October when contribution limits for political parties were struck down. When they were reinstated, the campaign continued to spend the big donation. They said in a Monday court appearance that they ceased spending it after a judge ordered them to stop.
The Missoulian, on this latest ruling:
As we noted in our spotlight (subscriber) Wednesday, this race has been very tight since the primary, and the ruling gives Democratic nominee Steve Bullock a serious boost in the contest's closing days.