Montana GOP’s Rosendale asks court to dismiss campaign finance lawsuit

Rep.  Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 29, 2021. Rep.  Rosendale is asking a federal court in Washington to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges his campaign and the National Rifle Association illegally worked together to run ads during his unsuccessful race against Democratic US Sen.  Jon Tester of Montana.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP)—Republican US Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges his campaign and the National Rifle Association illegally worked together to run ads during his unsuccessful 2018 race against Democratic US Sen. Jon Tester.

The gun control group Giffords filed the lawsuit in November, alleging the NRA and its affiliates worked with Rosendale’s campaign and produced nearly $400,000 in campaign ads criticizing Tester’s votes on three US Supreme Court nominees.

The lawsuit argues that Rosendale and the NRA hired the same company for their ad buys that could have acted as a conduit for the campaign to illegally share information with the group. Rosendale’s campaign hired a consulting firm called OnMessage, while the NRA used a firm called Starboard. The firms have the same office address and board of directors.

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