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Campaign donations down from 4 years ago

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Campaign finance reports show Wyoming candidates for state offices raised less money this year than four years ago.

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Lawmakers wait on campaign disclosure bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A legislative panel has tabled a proposed bill that would tighten the state's campaign contribution laws.

November 16, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…
Court won't block campaign laws before election

Court won't block campaign laws before election

HELENA — A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a request that would have allowed certain tax-exempt groups to release campaign-related ads in Montana before Tuesday's election without disclosing their donors or spending.

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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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Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

HELENA — A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices conspired to drive him out of office.

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Walsh case shows how candidates risk 'oppo-research' revelations

Walsh case shows how candidates risk 'oppo-research' revelations

WASHINGTON — It’s one thing to be Montana’s lieutenant governor. It’s another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber.

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Walsh raises $900K since mid-May for Senate run

Walsh raises $900K since mid-May for Senate run

HELENA — U.S. Sen. John Walsh has raised nearly $900,000 since mid-May as he seeks to fight off a challenge by U.S. Rep. Steve Daines in November's election.

July 08, 2014 1:50 pmLoading…

George F. Will: For substantial GOP candidates, deregulate campaign finance

WASHINGTON — Because of the grotesquely swollen place the presidency now occupies in the nation's governance and consciousness, we are never not preoccupied with presidential campaigning. The Constitution's Framers would be appalled.

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Republican Tim Fox wins Montana attorney general race

Republican Tim Fox wins Montana attorney general race

Republican Tim Fox said Wednesday that he will fight what he called the over-reach of federal government as Montana's next attorney general after winning the post by a six-point margin over Democrat Pam Bucy.

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Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Political email stokes admiration, animosity

On Sept. 5, Michelle Obama sent a message to her husband’s email list with the subject line, “As always, thank you.” It was the morning after her speech to the Democratic convention, and she wrote: “I know your life is full — with work, or school or family — and yet you still find the time t…

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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.

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Montana AG asks judge to uphold contribution limits

HELENA — The Montana attorney general's fight with the conservative group American Tradition Partnership over campaign finance laws has taken another turn, with the state hoping to preserve its limits on political contributions.

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George F. Will: Montana lacks case against Citizens United ruling

WASHINGTON -- Montana uses an interesting argument to justify defiance of a Supreme Court decision: Because the state is particularly prone to political corruption, it should be trusted to constrict First Amendment protections of political speech.

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Guest opinion: Super PACs feed river of resentment

During Al Gore's campaign back in 2000, we raised and spent close to $100 million (with matching funds) to win the primary, then received about $60 million in government funds for the fall campaign to get out our vote.

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Montana Democrats challenge GOP dominance over U.S. House seat

HELENA — A large Democratic field running for Congress faces a difficult task: First survive a crowded primary battle, and then retake a seat Democrats haven't won in 18 years.

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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…

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