GOP attorney general candidate Tim Fox has return $32,000 in illegal campaign contribution, the Associated Press reports. Fox returned the cash after the Pam Bucy for Attorney General Campaign filed a lawsuit to stop Fox from spending the illegal contributions and return the illegal cash.
This lawsuit follows on the heels of a ruling from a District Court judge yesterday that issued a restraining order, preventing Congressman Rick Hill from spending any more of the illegal funds he’s taken and canceling any advertisements he already placed with those dollars.
And so, with her lawsuit, Bucy has initiated a key development in the the gubernatorial race. That’s because if Fox understands the donations are legal, why is it that Hill, who attended law school “online,” is still fighting to keep and spend his illegal donations.
In his most recent campaign finance report filed by Fox, he revealed he had taken a contribution of $32,000 from the Montana Republican Party–well in excess of the legal contribution limits laid out in Montana law. The origins of this contribution are still unknown.
In addition to the contribution from the MT GOP, Fox also received 12 other illegal contributions, ranging in size from $60 to $5000 over the legal contribution limits in the state.
Under Montana Code Annotated 13-37-216, a candidate for Attorney General may take no more than $310 in aggregate from an individual and $8150 in aggregate from a political party, per contested election.