- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - An organization to elect conservative judges has complied with the Montana commissioner of political practices order to report its contributions and spending in a state Supreme Court election.

The Republican State Leadership Committee’s Judicial Fairness Initiative filed the reports Thursday through an affiliated political committee already registered in the state.

The filings confirm the organization gave $268,000 to another committee that created a website and ads opposing District Judge Dirk Sandefur’s candidacy.

The filings also show the RSLC gave another $15,000 to the Stop Set ‘Em Free Sandefur committee on Oct. 28.

Sandefur and University of Montana adjunct professor Kristen Juras are vying for an open seat on the high court.

Commissioner Jonathan Motl had ordered the RSLC to file the disclosures after a complaint was lodged by the head of the pro-Sandefur Montana Trial Lawyers Association.

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