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New law limiting donations goes into effect in 2015

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — Lawmakers want to repeal part of a soon-to-be-enacted law that places caps on political action committee spending in Wyoming.

June 06, 2014 8:30 amLoading…

PACs backing competing GOP candidates report spending

HELENA — In the war between competing factions of the Montana Republican Party this primary election, two new political-action committees are spending to help their chosen candidates — but it’s not exactly big money.

May 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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

Guest opinion: SB375 must be fixed to prevent election corruption

We agree that elections should be about candidates, ideas, and voters. And we agree that the amount and sources of money funding elections should be visible to all, not hidden or “dark” without disclosure or identification. Many 2012 Montana elections were rife with that dark money use and m…

April 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Bipartisan bill would shine light on dark money

Serving a decade in the Montana Legislature, Sen. Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, has heard a lot from constituents, but never had people he didn't know stopping him on the street to thank him. Until now.

February 24, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Secretive conservative group appears ready to vanish

HELENA — After four years spent dumping candidate attack ads on Montana elections and leading high-profile challenges to state campaign laws, a secretive conservative organization looks as if it may simply vanish.

January 22, 2013 3:22 pmLoading…

Natrona County Commission campaign rakes in cash

From a Republican’s sharp money-mindedness to an independent’s self-imposed campaign financing restrictions, six contestants for two open Natrona County Commission seats span a vast gamut of campaign funding philosophies.

October 14, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

Steve and Cokie Roberts: Big political spenders should be accountable to public

Here’s a simple idea that both parties should agree on: disclosure. Anybody who contributes money to influence an election — corporations, unions, advocacy groups, individuals — should be required to tell voters what they’re doing. Then they can be held accountable for their actions.

July 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming lawsuit challenges FEC regulations

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Attorneys for three Wyoming residents who formed a grass-roots organization called "Free Speech" filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging Federal Election Commission rules.

June 14, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Montana gift among Romney super PAC donations without donor IDs

 WASHINGTON -- A once-mysterious $400,000 check written to a "super" political action committee supporting Mitt Romney's presidential campaign rekindled a nagging question this election season: Just how much disclosure is enough to satisfy transparency?

April 24, 2012 10:41 amLoading…

George F. Will: Where's proof that super PACs decide elections?

Super PAC donors acting as kingmakers in presidential contest

March 01, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Let money talk without limits in campaigns

WASHINGTON — The emergence of super PACs shows once again that “campaign finance reform” has failed abysmally. After nearly four decades, it has achieved none of its goals. It has not purged politics of big donations, nor cured public cynicism about the influence of the rich, nor made electe…

February 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Check out those dirty political campaign ads

If you are among the Montanans who will be going to the polls Tuesday, chances are your mailbox is still collecting political advertising. (Early voters report a reduction in political mailings after their ballots were returned.) Some of the mailings tout a candidate or ballot issue’s virtue…

October 28, 2010 12:05 am Related Loading…
School candidates raise $400K total

School candidates raise $400K total

CASPER — About $50,000 separates the two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction, according to fundraising reports released Wednesday.

October 27, 2010 11:30 pmLoading…

Dems paid for attack ads, fliers

The money trail behind a shadowy group’s political attack ads in the state’s most expensive Senate race appears to lead to the Montana Democratic Party, according to campaign records filed Thursday.

October 23, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Bullock argues to maintain Montana ban on direct corporate campaign expenditures

HELENA — Attorney General Steve Bullock argued Thursday that Montana’s law barring corporations from buying ads to help elect or defeat candidates is constitutional, because it doesn’t stop businesses from influencing the electoral process.

October 01, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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