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Campaign contribution limits are going up slightly in Montana, following an every-other-year adjustment to match inflation required under state law.

The new contribution limits took effect Sept. 21. Contributions made before that were subject to the older limits, but those who have already given money can contribute again up to the new limit.

The Commissioner of Political Practices is in charge of calculating the increase based on an inflation factor laid out in state law.

The increases are slight: the amount an individual person can give to a campaign for governor rose to $710 from $680 per election, for example.

There are limits for what individuals can give to governor, statewide office and other public office campaigns, as well as caps on what political action committees and political party committees can give to most candidates.

There are no limits on what an individual or political committees can give to a political party committee, a political action committee or a ballot issue committee. Political party committees cannot contribute directly to candidates for judicial offices, but can make endorsements and independent expenditures relating to the election.

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Montana has some of the lowest campaign contribution limits in the nation. They were first put in place in 1994 by voters who approved a ballot initiative.

The caps have been challenged heavily in court, though this summer the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge from a group that argued contribution limits were unconstitutional because they limited free speech.

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