January 12, 2016 •
New Campaign Finance Rules in Montana
On January 8, new Montana campaign finance rules requiring increased disclosure from candidates and committees were officially published and became effective. Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl had formally filed the new administrative rules on November 24 with the secretary of state. However, Motl waited to publish and make the rules effective until a poll was taken of the state’s lawmakers to determine whether they found the rules consistent with campaign finance legislation they passed last year. After lawmakers approved of the rule changes late last year, the rules were then finalized for publication. The official notice of the adoption of the rules include both changes to the original proposed rules, made in August of last year, and 190 public comments the commissioner’s office studied and considered in making final adjustments to those proposals.
Other changes in the new rules include electronic filing of reports to be made immediately available to the public online. “If all we have left after Citizens United is transparency, reporting and disclosure, then I think society’s got an obligation to make that transparency real. These regulations take us significantly down that path,” said Motl, according to the Washington Times.
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