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Lowest Limits in the Land: The Effect of Montana's Campaign-Finance Reforms, 1990-2006

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Abstract:

A 2007 amendment to Montana's campaign-finance laws allows donors to give up to $160 each election to candidates running for the legislature. Even with that increase, Montana legislative campaigns continue to operate under the most stringent campaign-contribution limits in the nation. To assess the effect of the limits on money in Montana's legislative races, the National Institute on Money in State Politics compared the campaign-contribution data for the six election cycles since the implementation of I-118 with the three cycles prior to the reform.