HELENA — Although he maintains he did nothing wrong, a Republican state lawmaker has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine and not run for public office for four years to settle a state lawsuit that accuses him of breaking campaign finance laws.
HELENA — The state political practice commissioner has dismissed a Republican lawmaker’s complaint that Democratic Secretary of State Linda McCulloch improperly used public resources to solicit opposition to a ballot issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.