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Judge to hear Montana governor’s dark-money case against IRS

April 11, 2019

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys are asking a judge to throw out Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department.

The lawsuit by the Democratic governor, who is considering a campaign for president in 2020, seeks to block a federal policy change that ended the requirement that some tax-exempt groups disclose the identities of their major donors.

The Great Falls Tribune reports U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled a June 5 hearing on the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Government attorneys say in their motion that states shouldn’t be allowed to dictate the information the IRS collects from federal taxpayers.

Bullock says the rule change allows social welfare groups, unions and business associations to hide sources of money used to buy political ads.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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