HELENA, Mont. -

The state is asking a federal court to dismiss former Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill's amended request that it intervene in pending complaint over a large campaign donation.
    
Hill earlier this year sought to block the commissioner of political practices from acting on a complaint over a $500,000 donation.
    
The donation came when federal courts briefly last year struck down Montana's campaign donation limits.
    
Gov. Steve Bullock's campaign manager later filed a complaint with the state commissioner of political practices arguing the money should have been returned when the cumulative limit was restored.
    
The state argues Hill can't appeal to the courts now because no decision has been made yet on that complaint. The state says it is pending until a federal appeals court rules on the original campaign limits case.