HELENA, Mont. -

A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices were conspiring to drive him out of office.
District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock Tuesday also rejected Bozeman Republican Art Wittich's accusations of misconduct and abuse of process against Commissioner Jonathan Motl for bringing a civil action against Wittich for campaign law violations.
Motl's lawsuit asks Sherlock to uphold the commissioner's findings that Wittich coordinated with and took illegal corporate contributions from the conservative group Western Tradition Partnership.
If Sherlock agrees with Motl's findings, Wittich could be removed from office.
Wittich filed counterclaims against Motl, saying the commissioner's ulterior motive is to remove Wittich.
Wittich also claimed Gov. Steve Bullock, Republican Sen. Bruce Tutvedt of Kalispell and Motl's predecessor, Jim Murry, conspired against him.