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George F. Will: Extremism in defense of re-election

WASHINGTON — Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans' 1964 presidential nomination, said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," Democrats have been decrying Republican "extremism." Actually, although there is abundant foolishness and unseemliness in American politics, rea…

September 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Unlimited money endangers '1-person, 1-vote'

“One person, one vote.” That’s a principle most Americans can get behind. We may disagree on who should be elected, but that’s how the process is supposed to work: we each get one vote.

July 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Democrats file election complaint against Zinke

HELENA — The Montana Democratic Party filed a complaint Monday with the Federal Election Commission seeking an investigation into connections between Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke and the super PAC he founded.

June 30, 2014 4:35 pmLoading…
Campaign finance rulings split U.S. House candidates

Campaign finance rulings split U.S. House candidates

The Gazette asked Montana candidates for U.S. House: Will the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance law in McCutcheon and Citizens United have a mostly positive or mostly negative effect on your congressional race?

May 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
New super PAC is helping Stapleton

New super PAC is helping Stapleton

HELENA — The Big Sky Freedom Fund, a new super political action committee based in Billings, has spent more than $83,000 this week in independent expenditures in support of Corey Stapleton in the five-way Republican U.S. House primary.

May 06, 2014 7:53 pm
Democrats criticize court campaign finance ruling; Daines defends it

Democrats criticize court campaign finance ruling; Daines defends it

HELENA — Montana’s top Democratic officeholders criticized a U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday that eliminated overall campaign finance limits in federal elections.

April 02, 2014 2:46 pm
Groups file FEC complaint against Zinke, PAC

Groups file FEC complaint against Zinke, PAC

HELENA — Two groups filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission contending that Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke illegally coordinated with a public action committee he formed in 2012.

March 05, 2014 10:13 pm

Groups allege illegal coordination by Zinke

HELENA — Two Washington, D.C.-based advocacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday accusing a U.S. House candidate in Montana of illegally coordinating with the political action committee he created.

March 05, 2014 3:38 pm
Lewis has raised nearly $400k in House race

Lewis has raised nearly $400k in House race

HELENA — Democrat John Lewis of Helena raised a total of nearly $400,000 through Dec. 31 for his race for the U.S. House.

January 07, 2014 7:44 pm
House candidate Stapleton raises $68,000 in quarter

House candidate Stapleton raises $68,000 in quarter

HELENA — Former state Sen. Corey Stapleton, R-Billings, raised nearly $68,000 during the past quarter for his campaign for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.

October 15, 2013 5:38 pm

Tester: Plan to require electronic filing moves forward

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said his proposal to require electronic filing of Senate campaign finance reports is moving forward.

July 26, 2013 7:55 am
Stapleton raises $91,900 in past 3 months in Senate campaign

Stapleton raises $91,900 in past 3 months in Senate campaign

HELENA — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stapleton collected about $91,900 in campaign funds over the past three months, while GOP rival Champ Edmunds raised about $6,300.

July 17, 2013 5:03 pm

Court rules against Wyoming group in FEC lawsuit

CHEYENNE — A federal appeals court has ruled against a Wyoming group's challenge to Federal Election Commission rules.

June 25, 2013 12:15 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Americans must fix broken campaign system

Our national debt and deficit. Immigration. Safe schools and communities. Responsibly developing our natural resources. Our troops serving overseas.

June 23, 2013 12:05 amLoading…
Montana Senate backs campaign finance bill

Montana Senate backs campaign finance bill

HELENA — The Montana Senate has endorsed a bill that would limit corporate campaign finance spending after changing the measure to allow news media outlets to continue publishing editorials during election season.

February 26, 2013 6:37 pm Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Citizens United created 'extraordinary occasion' for amendment

At the top of our state capital building in Helena sits a beautiful copper dome. Nearly a century ago, that copper dome wasn’t just for decoration. It was a symbol of the copper barons and their ultimate power to decide who represented the people of Montana.

January 20, 2013 12:05 amLoading…
Libertarian acted as spoiler in Senate race, GOP says

Libertarian acted as spoiler in Senate race, GOP says

U.S. Senate Libertarian candidate Dan Cox will tell you that it was never his intention to be a spoiler in one of the most closely watched races in the nation.He equally disliked both of his opponents’ records.But the nearly 30,000 votes Cox garnered in Tuesday’s general election were 10,000…

November 07, 2012 8:20 pm Related Loading…

Wyoming group seeks emergency injunction in Free Speech case

CHEYENNE — Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys filed a motion for an emergency injunction with the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday on behalf of Free Speech, a grass-roots nonprofit advocacy group.

October 24, 2012 7:32 pmLoading…
Appeals court reinstates campaign finance limits

Appeals court reinstates campaign finance limits

HELENA — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Montana's campaign donation limits, telling the federal judge who overturned it to outline his full reasoning so the panel can review the case.

October 10, 2012 9:50 am Related Loading…

Wyoming group loses initial ruling in FEC lawsuit

CASPER — A federal judge has denied a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed by a Wyoming grassroots group challenging Federal Election Commission rules.

October 03, 2012 5:21 pmLoading…

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