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Attorney general, former political practices commissioner settle lawsuit

Attorney general, former political practices commissioner settle lawsuit

HELENA — Attorney General Tim Fox’s office and former Political Practices Commissioner Dave Gallik settled a case Tuesday involving allegations that Gallik was paid for hours he didn’t work as commissioner.

September 03, 2014 6:50 am Photos

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Political practices commissioner removes 5 from Montana ballot

Political practices commissioner removes 5 from Montana ballot

HELENA — The state will remove three legislative candidates and two candidates for county commissions from the Nov. 4 ballot after they failed to file campaign finance reports, the commissioner of political practices said.

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Lawmaker's attempt to toss complaint rejected

Lawmaker's attempt to toss complaint rejected

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.

July 08, 2014 1:48 pmLoading…

Montana state senators raise big bucks with secretive nonprofit

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.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am

Political practices head rules against predecessor

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.

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Dark-money complaint against MT senator dismissed

Dark-money complaint against MT senator dismissed

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.

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Commissioner: Montana Senate leader broke campaign laws

Commissioner: Montana Senate leader broke campaign laws

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…

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Big Timber man files complaint with state over SD2 bond election

Big Timber man files complaint with state over SD2 bond 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. 

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Deputy political cop concludes Bullock campaign violated law

Deputy political cop concludes Bullock campaign violated law

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.

October 18, 2013 1:32 pmLoading…
Political commissioner lowers the boom on right-leaning political groups for campaign violations

Political commissioner lowers the boom on right-leaning political groups for campaign violations

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.

October 16, 2013 10:37 am Photos

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Political practices building

Political practices building

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.

November 01, 2012 11:53 amLoading…

Transfer of money among Montana PACs not `money laundering’

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.

September 07, 2012 4:36 pmLoading…

3 other key Montana campaign-finance cases still before courts here

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.

June 25, 2012 5:07 pmLoading…
Group spends more than $41K on Montana Supreme Court primary

Group spends more than $41K on Montana Supreme Court primary

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.

May 30, 2012 5:56 am Photos

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Reporter's notebook: Does decision open the spigot for campaign money?

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.

May 26, 2012 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Political practice staff resisted needed change

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.”

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Gallik to resign from political practices commissioner post

Gallik to resign from political practices commissioner post

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.

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Pitman's campaign complaint against Stevens dismissed

Pitman's campaign complaint against Stevens dismissed

Billings City Councilman Denis Pitman's complaint against Joy Stevens has been dismissed by the state commissioner of political practices.

November 03, 2011 5:22 pm Photos

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Gallik's office calls in former commissioner to handle ethics complaint — against Gallik

HELENA — Political Practices Commissioner Dave Gallik has arranged for a former commissioner to investigate an ethics complaint filed with his office — against Gallik himself.

November 01, 2011 7:23 pmLoading…
Pitman files campaign complaint against Stevens

Pitman files campaign complaint against Stevens

City Councilman Denis Pitman said he has filed a political practices complaint against his election opponent, Joy Stevens, accusing her of personal attacks.

October 27, 2011 5:00 pm Photos

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