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Flurry of mailers on state legislative races prompting complaints

HELENA — A last-minute flurry of attack mailers targeting Montana legislative candidates is prompting some formal complaints — and Commissioner of Political Practices Jon Motl ruled Thursday that the state Democratic Party may have violated the law on a flier in a Great Falls race.

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Stanford, Dartmouth say they will send apology letters to Montanans

Stanford, Dartmouth say they will send apology letters to Montanans

HELENA — The presidents of Stanford University and Dartmouth College are sending 100,000 letters to Montana residents disavowing election mailers that state officials called deceitful and worried will influence the state’s two Supreme Court elections.

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Montana's top political cop wants action, apology from Dartmouth and Stanford

Montana's top political cop wants action, apology from Dartmouth and Stanford

HELENA — Montana’s top political cop is asking two private colleges that sent a controversial mailer last week to 100,000 Montana voters on the state’s two Supreme Court races to send a second mailer disavowing the first.

October 27, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Mailers on Supreme Court elections cause stir

HELENA — The Montana commissioner of political practices says his office has received a spike in complaints about mailers that depict how liberal or conservative four Supreme Court candidates are.

October 23, 2014 11:32 am
Complaint against Republican state Senate candidate dismissed

Complaint against Republican state Senate candidate dismissed

HELENA — A complaint filed against Joe Dooling, the Republican candidate for Senate District 42, has been dismissed by the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, Jonathan Motl.

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Montana sheriff candidate violated campaign laws

MISSOULA — The state commissioner of political practices found a Missoula County sheriff's detective and a law firm that supported his candidacy for sheriff violated campaign finance laws.

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Man who filed 3 campaign violation complaints violated requirements

BOZEMAN — The commissioner of political practices says a Bozeman man who filed three complaints with the commissioner earlier this year has himself violated campaign reporting requirements.

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Political commissioner seeks more tools, staff

Political commissioner seeks more tools, staff

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.

June 06, 2014 7:42 pm

Political practices commissioner advises PACs on reporting requirements

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.

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Wittich denies charges, accuses Bullock, others of misconduct

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.

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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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American Tradition Partnership is back; role unclear in 2014 politics

American Tradition Partnership is back; role unclear in 2014 politics

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.

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Political Practices decision: Colstrip mayor violated campaign rules

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.

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Gazette opinion: What’s on Legislature’s agenda for 2015?

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.

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Commissioner rejects 20 complaints from Bozeman man

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.

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Federal judge permanently blocks Montana law attempting to police campaign attacks

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.

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Political practices commissioner accused of using questionable tactics to get results

Political practices commissioner accused of using questionable tactics to get results

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.

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Commissioner calls for removal of state rep from office for campaign violations

Commissioner calls for removal of state rep from office for campaign violations

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.

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State asks U.S. Supreme Court to review ruling on partisan judicial endorsements

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.

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Political practices commissioner files new charges in 'dark money' cases

Political practices commissioner files new charges in 'dark money' cases

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.

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