By Bobby Caina Calvan Associated Press

HELENA (AP) – The Republican Governors Association has agreed to register as a political committee in Montana after spending more than $450,000 prior to the state’s June 7 primary to benefit Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte’s campaign for governor.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl called on the RGA to register as a committee after The Associated Press reported the group acknowledged spending large amounts of money for television spots critical of Gov. Steve Bullock.

The RGA filed a campaign finance report on Monday, the latest reporting deadline, as required of all political committees.

Under the auspices of the RGA Right Direction PAC, the association of GOP governors reported spending more than $453,000, the bulk for advertising and two polls.

State law requires groups spending money on Montana campaigns to register with Motl’s office.

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