HELENA, Mont. -

An attorney for the Montana Senate majority leader is asking a state judge to dismiss allegations that he failed to report illegal campaign contributions and coordinated his campaign with a conservative group.
    
Attorney Carrie Wassenburger says Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl did not follow proper procedure in his complaint against Sen. Art Wittich of Bozeman.
    
Wassenburger said Monday Motl's complaint should have been filed in Gallatin County, where the alleged violations occurred.
    
Motl responded Wittich's improper campaign finance reports were filed in Lewis and Clark County, where Motl filed his civil action.
    
If District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock upholds Motl's findings that Wittich illegally coordinated with Western Tradition Partnership, the Republican could be removed from office and struck from the 2014 ballot.
    
Sherlock did not immediately make a ruling Monday.