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By Matt Volz 

Groups ask judge to toss ban restricting donations


HELENA — A broad legal challenge to Montana's campaign finance laws narrowed Wednesday to focus on corporate contributions to political committees, with conservative groups telling a federal judge that a state ban on such contributions amounts to a restriction on free speech.

State attorneys asked U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell to reject the groups' request that the judge remove the ban on those corporate contributions, saying the century-old law is still needed to keep corrupting influences out of elections.

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