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Montana’s Secretary of State paid more than $1.2 million over a one-year period to a law firm it hired to defend several controversial new election laws being challenged as unconstitutional.

Those payments to the law firm Crowley Fleck PLLP are only a partial accounting of the legal expenses racked up by Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen, who has been named the defendant in at least five lawsuits challenging laws passed by Montana’s Republican-dominated Legislature during the 2021 session.

They also eclipse the $100,000 budget the Legislature provided Jacobsen to cover the expected legal expenses in anticipation of the laws they passed being challenged in court.

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