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Court to decide quickly on campaign law challenge

HELENA — A group whose tax-exempt status allows it to keep its donors and spending secret is still pressing the federal courts to block several Montana laws regulating campaign contributions and expenditures before next Tuesday's elections.

October 28, 2014 10:43 amLoading…
Outside money dries up in Montana Senate race

Outside money dries up in Montana Senate race

HELENA — Campaign ads paid for by outside interest groups usually reach their peak the week before a U.S. Senate election, but they’ve all but dried up in Montana’s top race this year between Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Amanda Curtis.

October 27, 2014 12:40 pmLoading…
Zinke raises more in last quarter than Lewis has in entire campaign

Zinke raises more in last quarter than Lewis has in entire campaign

HELENA — Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke raised more money over the past three months than Democrat John Lewis has collected in his entire campaign.

October 16, 2014 9:49 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Changing the culture of money in politics

Congress has returned to Washington after five weeks of vacation to squander their few fall “work” days with political posturing and a “must-pass” bill that will fund the U.S. government only through mid-December.

September 11, 2014 7:00 amLoading…

Group challenges state's campaign finance laws

HELENA — A Helena-based nonprofit organization has asked a federal judge to rule that a broad swath of Montana’s campaign finance laws is unconstitutional, and it wants to prevent the state from enforcing those laws before this year’s elections.

September 05, 2014 2:57 pmLoading…
Campaign finance reports: Mead contributes $0 in re-election bid

Campaign finance reports: Mead contributes $0 in re-election bid

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead, a Republican seeking re-election, hasn’t contributed a penny of his own money to his campaign this year, a striking difference from four years ago, when he funded $1.2 million of a nearly $2 million campaign, new records show.

August 14, 2014 8:30 amLoading…

Candidates late with campaign finance reports

HELENA — The commissioner of political practices says 26 candidates for state and local offices face removal from the general election ballot if they don't file campaign finance reports by next Wednesday.

August 08, 2014 1:40 pmLoading…

Federal court rules in favor of third-party fundraising

CASPER, Wyo. — Independent and minor party candidates in Wyoming can start fundraising after a ruling in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming issued an order to halt enforcement of a Wyoming election law and approving a settlement in the lawsuit.

August 07, 2014 8:30 amLoading…
Judge approves settlement in campaign finance suit

Judge approves settlement in campaign finance suit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A provision of Wyoming law that restricted third-party political candidate fundraising is unconstitutional and can't be enforced, a federal judge has ordered.

August 06, 2014 1:45 pmLoading…

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

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