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Last Friday in Helena the Commissioners Office of Political Practice issued a decision in which Governor Steve Bullock's 2012 campaign violated state campaign law, Joe Moeller reports from the Capitol.

Commonsense of Political Practice found that Governor Steve Bullock violated state campaign finance laws by accepting contributions above legal limit in his 2012 campaign for Montana Governor.

The lawyer in the case, Jay Dufrechou, said in an 18-page ruling that the three illegally accepted donations added up to a total of $860.

At this time there is no evidence that the campaign obtained or received these donations intentionally over the legal limit, and according the Dufrechou mistakes of this nature may be understandable.

"When somebody in the public believes there is any violation of the Montana campaign practices act they file a complaint with the commissioner's office, commissioner investigates, and if the commissioner finds there are sufficient facts to believe a violation has occurred, they use what they call a sufficiency findings sufficient facts finding and that is what was released last Friday" says John Motl from the Commissioner of Political Practices office.

In response to these allegations the manager of Bullock's 2012 campaign, Kevin O'Brien issued this following statement.

"Over the course of almost four years and with nearly 10,000 contributions, three bookkeeping errors were made and we agree with the commissioner that the mistakes are minor, unintentional, and technical. We'll continue to work with the commissioners office to ensure these minor mistakes are rectified."

The report finds that bullocks campaign received contributions over the legal limit from three PAC contributors, $220 over the limit from Pfizer, $30 over the limit from RAC Good Government Committee, and $610 over the limit from Glaxosmith Kline.

This case is now in the hands of the Lewis and Clark attorney for consideration of prosecution; if it is declined it is sent back to the commissioner for resolution which usually comes to a settlement that can involve a fine.

In Helena, Joe Moeller, ABC FOX Montana.

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