HELENA, Mont. -

Officials say a court decision on whether individuals and political parties can give unlimited amounts of money to state candidates likely won't be made until after the Nov. 4 elections.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering the case after U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell ruled the contribution limits unconstitutional weeks before the 2012 elections.
Then, Rick Hill accepted a $500,000 donation from the Montana Republican Party for his unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign before the 9th Circuit blocked Lovell's ruling on appeal.
That stay is still in effect, but would be lifted if the appeals court upholds Lovell's ruling.
Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl and plaintiffs' attorney Anita Milanovich said Monday that's not likely to happen before November.
Motl says the court may schedule oral arguments, which would push back the decision.