HELENA — State Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl will be asking the 2015 Legislature for some additional staff and a dozen laws to help him enforce Montana’s campaign and ethics laws.
HELENA — As the June 3 primary election draws near and printed material from outside groups starts showing up in voters’ mailboxes across Montana, state Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl is advising these groups and candidates in advance of the rules.
HELENA — State Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich on Friday asked a District Court judge to dismiss a complaint against him filed by the state political practices commissioner and accused Gov. Steve Bullock, two commissioners and a legislator of conspiring to remove him from office.
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 — American Tradition Partnership, the conservative “dark money” group the state political practices commissioner says has been involved in illegal electioneering activates since 2008, has resurfaced.
The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices has cited Colstrip Mayor Rose Hanser for not submitting proper documentation for expenditures she made in her 2011 campaign.
The start of the 2015 Montana Legislature is more than nine months and two elections away, but the list of potential legislation is already 76 bills long.
HELENA — The state political practices commissioner has dismissed 20 complaints filed by a Bozeman Tea Party member against Republican legislators and, in so doing, established a new policy for addressing frivolous complaints.
HELENA — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Montana officials from enforcing a state law to regulate campaign attacks — but officials have said they had no intention of enforcing it.
HELENA — As Montana’s new political practices commissioner, attorney Jonathan Motl is cranking out decisions at a red-hot pace and taking on what he sees as illegal campaign activity by “dark money” groups and their favored candidates.
HELENA — State Rep. Mike Miller, R-Helmville, should be 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.
HELENA — The state’s attorney general and political practices commissioner have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a 2012 federal appeals court decision that struck down Montana’s ban on political party endorsement of candidates in the state’s nonpartisan juridical races.
HELENA — In his ongoing investigation of "dark money" spent by shadowy campaign groups, Montana's political practices commissioner issued new findings Thursday, saying a state legislator from Helmville likely broke state law when he accepted help from such groups.
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 — Montana’s top political cop Wednesday widened his investigation and enforcement of so-called “dark money” in state politics, filing 10 new or revised complaints against four 2010 legislative candidates and groups he says may have improperly helped their campaign.
HELENA — Those testifying before an interim legislative committee Monday offered widely divergent opinions about the role of the state political practices commissioner and how the office should be structured.
HELENA — Billings business owner Debra Bonogofsky, whose allegations of illegal campaign tactics used against her in 2010 led to a hard-hitting ruling Wednesday against her opponents, said she wasn’t going to let the issue die.
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.
HELENA — A Missoula man violated state law by failing to put a disclaimer on his newspaper advertisements offering to spend $10,000 to help any challengers oust Missoula school board trustees in the May election, the political practices commissioner said Friday.
HELENA — The commissioner of political practices says a political group is not to blame when voters leave guides in the election booth.