Commissioner Of Political Practices
HELENA — A judge has rejected the Montana Senate majority leader's attempt to dismiss charges that his campaign took illegal contributions and coordinated with a conservative group.
A secretive nonprofit connected to a pair of conservative Montana state senators, which spent heavily during the state’s contested 2012 Supreme Court race, raised more than $900,000 in 2012, according to a tax filing obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.
HELENA — The commissioner of political practices ruled Thursday that one of his predecessors violated Montana campaign-practices laws when he signed a tax form as the treasurer of a political group while still in office.
HELENA — The commissioner of political practices has dismissed a complaint accusing a Republican senator from Great Falls of coordinating his 2010 campaign with a secretive conservative group.
HELENA — The state political practices commissioner released findings Tuesday showing he concluded that Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich violated the law by coordinating with Western Tradition Partnership and other entities to accept illegal corporate donations in his 2010 primary election…
A Big Timber man has filed a formal complaint with the state suggesting School District 2 officials broke Montana law in the lead up to November's successful $122 million bond election.
HELENA — A deputy political practices commissioner found sufficient evidence Friday that Gov. Steve Bullock’s 2012 campaign illegally accepted three donations from political action committees that exceeded the legal limits.
HELENA — In far-reaching decisions Wednesday, Montana’s top political cop said a prominent “dark money” group and similar groups appear to have broken state campaign laws when they coordinated mailers that promoted or attacked candidates in a 2010 legislative primary election.
A resident walks her dog past the Commissioner of Political Practices building on 8th Avenue on Thursday morning after it was burglarized Wednesday night. The Helena Police Department is investigating.
HELENA — A series of fund transfers among political action committees to help Montana Democrats in the 2010 elections is not money-laundering, the state’s top political cop ruled Friday.
HELENA — Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Montana’s 100-year-old ban on corporate spending on state elections is significant, but it’s not the only major legal case affecting Montana campaign-finance and disclosure laws.
The group behind mailers in support of Montana Supreme Court candidate Laurie McKinnon has spent $41,865 on the effort as of May 14, according to a disclosure filed with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.
HELENA — In the ever-expanding world of campaign cash, yet another ruling came down two weeks ago — and no one paid much attention to it, although some say it’s a big one.
When Gov. Brian Schweitzer appointed me commissioner of political practices last May, he told me, “That office is in the dark ages. Make it run efficiently, and get it up to date.”
HELENA -- State Political Practices Commissioner Dave Gallik said Tuesday that he will resign from his job after employees called the police to come to the office earlier in the day.
Billings City Councilman Denis Pitman's complaint against Joy Stevens has been dismissed by the state commissioner of political practices.
HELENA — Political Practices Commissioner Dave Gallik has arranged for a former commissioner to investigate an ethics complaint filed with his office — against Gallik himself.
City Councilman Denis Pitman said he has filed a political practices complaint against his election opponent, Joy Stevens, accusing her of personal attacks.
Celebrate Billings, a civic organization founded by The Billings Gazette, violated state political-spending reporting laws by failing to report its activity, a state agency has ruled.
HELENA — Legislative leaders on Friday will narrow the field of at least 22 applicants for state Political Practices commissioner and forward up to five names to Gov. Brian Schweitzer.