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VanDyke starts out behind in court fundraising

HELENA — Lawrence VanDyke is back on the ballot for Supreme Court justice, but he starts out at a big disadvantage in campaign fundraising in his race against Justice Mike Wheat.

July 23, 2014 9:35 amLoading…
Enzi tops fundraising list in 2014 campaign

Enzi tops fundraising list in 2014 campaign

CASPER, Wyo. — Sen. Mike Enzi is the top fundraiser among congressional candidates in the state in the most recent quarter.

July 21, 2014 1:58 pmLoading…
Wyoming will not oppose 3rd-party fundraising in federal case

Wyoming will not oppose 3rd-party fundraising in federal case

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Attorney General’s office filed a motion Wednesday to move forward unopposed to a motion that would change campaign finance laws giving third-party candidates the opportunity to raise funds during primary elections.

July 17, 2014 5:37 am Photos

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Montana Senate leader asks judge to dismiss illegal contribution complaint

Montana Senate leader asks judge to dismiss illegal contribution complaint

HELENA — Charges that state Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich broke campaign-reporting laws were filed improperly and should be dismissed, an attorney for Wittich told a state judge Monday.

June 23, 2014 2:55 pmLoading…
Big money being spent in Missoula County sheriff's race

Big money being spent in Missoula County sheriff's race

MISSOULA — Detective T.J. McDermott dwarfed his opponents’ spending in this year’s race for Missoula County sheriff, exhausting over twice the amount of his closest competitor and loaning his campaign $40,000.

May 29, 2014 11:00 amLoading…
Cash-strapped Montana candidates stretch funds ahead of primary

Cash-strapped Montana candidates stretch funds ahead of primary

HELENA – Some well-heeled candidates are tapping into big bank accounts to buy ads and make appearances across Montana this week.

May 28, 2014 6:35 am Photos

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Rosendale, Stapleton make big loans to their campaigns

Rosendale, Stapleton make big loans to their campaigns

HELENA — Some Republican U.S. House candidates are doubling down with large personal loans to their campaigns in the closing days before the June 3 primary election, the latest Federal Election Commission reports show.

May 23, 2014 11:35 am
State legislator challenges campaign law

State legislator challenges campaign law

HELENA — A state lawmaker who faces possible impeachment over claims that his campaign took illegal corporate contributions has filed a constitutional challenge to the law he is accused of breaking.

May 14, 2014 2:54 pmLoading…

Money raised in U.S. House campaign

Here is look at money raised by the candidates for U.S. House in Montana. Democrat John Driscoll hasn’t yet spent the $5,000 needed to file a report.

April 16, 2014 2:46 pmLoading…
John Lewis raises $300K for U.S. House campaign

John Lewis raises $300K for U.S. House campaign

HELENA — Democratic U.S. House candidate John Lewis has raised about $300,000 since the beginning of the year.

April 14, 2014 7:22 am
Daines raises $1.2M for quarter in Senate run

Daines raises $1.2M for quarter in Senate run

HELENA — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines has raised more than $1.2 million so far this year in his Senate run, outpacing his likely Democratic opponent in both contributions and cash in the bank, the Republican's campaign said Friday.

April 11, 2014 11:41 am

Guest opinion: Court outsources responsibility for election transparency

The U.S. Supreme Court decisions in both McCutcheon and Citizens United placed great faith in “robust” federal campaign-finance disclosure as an antidote to the corrupting influences of political donations and expenditures.

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Lawmaker to juggle campaign, legal defense

Lawmaker to juggle campaign, legal defense

HELENA — A state lawmaker facing a legal complaint that could result in his removal from office said Thursday he will seek another term anyway because it would be a waste of his legislative experience if he didn't run.

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Daines nears $2M in the bank for U.S. Senate run

Daines nears $2M in the bank for U.S. Senate run

HELENA – U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, the leading Republican candidate for Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat, reported Monday he raised $1 million in campaign funds the last three months of 2013, pushing his campaign war chest to $1.9 million.

January 27, 2014 5:43 pm Photos

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Commissioner calls to remove state rep from office for campaign violations; files more complaints

Commissioner calls to remove state rep from office for campaign violations; files more complaints

HELENA – State Rep. Mike Miller, R-Helmville, should removed from office or fined for accepting illegal campaign help from several secretive conservative groups, the state political practices commissioner said in court filings Friday.

January 24, 2014 12:39 pm Photos

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Target of 'dark money' investigation fires back with lawsuit on venue

Target of 'dark money' investigation fires back with lawsuit on venue

HELENA — A target of an investigation into political “dark money” groups in Montana has fired back with a lawsuit, accusing the state’s top political cop of taking procedural steps that violate the law.

January 21, 2014 8:29 pmLoading…

Missoula man fined over political ad

MISSOULA — The commissioner of political practices has fined a Missoula businessman $100 for violating the state's campaign finance laws for spending $1,600 on newspaper advertisements seeking to unseat Missoula County school-board trustees.

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Initiative to stem political `dark money’ ready for signatures

HELENA — The petition for a voter initiative to shine a light on political “dark money” in Montana is ready to gather signatures to attempt to place it on the 2014 ballot, supporters said Tuesday.

October 08, 2013 4:39 pmLoading…
Montana reinforces request to dismiss Rick Hill complaint

Montana reinforces request to dismiss Rick Hill complaint

HELENA — The state is asking a federal court to dismiss former Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill’s amended request that it intervene in a pending complaint over a large campaign donation.

September 08, 2013 12:45 pmLoading…

Judge tells ATP to pay Montana's attorney fees

HELENA — A judge says a secretive group known for bucking campaign finance laws has to pay the state's attorney fees in one ongoing case.

August 06, 2013 12:31 pmLoading…

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