“The Democrats spent tens of thousands of dollars to counter the Green Party petition and repeatedly urged the court to reject any evidence that illustrates our involvement was properly disclosed – all to protect Gov. (Steve) Bullock from facing a candidate that wants to expose his record of corruption,” the party said in a statement.
Reynolds’ ruling came in a lawsuit brought by the Montana Democratic Party and four people who had signed petition in January or February, to qualify the Green Party, and who said later they wanted to withdraw their signature.
In March, the Democratic Party launched an organized effort to get signers to request to withdraw their signatures, saying they’d been deceived. The suit said more than 440 people had filed withdrawal requests, and that if those were accepted, the petition would not succeed.