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The House of Representatives introduced a bill eliminating the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices. House Bill 535 establishes a Campaign Practices and Ethics Review Board appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the […]

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Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte repealed two executive orders issued by former Gov. Steve Bullock. Executive Order 15-2018 required companies to report political spending if they wanted to bid on large state contracts. The order also required companies bidding for certain […]

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The threshold amount a lobbyist can earn to trigger lobbyist registration in Montana will increase. The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices received approval for this increase to take place. The threshold amount for 2021 is $2,650, effective January 1, 2021.

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A federal judge on Monday upheld an executive order by Gov. Steve Bullock requiring companies to report political spending if they want to bid on large state contracts. U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell ruled the Illinois Opportunity Project does not […]

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Gov. Steve Bullock announced Thursday Montana counties have the option to hold the November general election by mail. If counties decide to hold a mail-in ballot election, ballots will be sent on October 9. Return postage will be provided. Voters […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case challenging a Montana disclosure law. Specifically, the law requires disclosure of spending for political ads within 60 days of an election. In August 2019, the 9th U.S Circuit […]

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Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive on Wednesday authorizing counties to conduct upcoming elections entirely by mail. The directive allows counties to decide whether to adopt a mail ballot for the June primary election. Montanans are still permitted to vote […]

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A lawsuit filed by the Illinois Opportunity Project over Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s executive order on dark money in elections has been dismissed. The Illinois-based conservative advocacy group filed the lawsuit in U.S. federal court in Helena objecting to Executive […]

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Following a weekend storm that put parts of Montana under record levels of snow, the Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan extended the deadlines for filing campaign finance reports for candidates and committees from Pondera, Teton, and the Blackfeet Nation. […]

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Campaign contribution limits increased following an every other year adjustment to match inflation required by state law. The amount an individual or PAC may give to a campaign for governor rose from $680 to $710 per election. The aggregate amount […]

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The Illinois Opportunity Project is challenging Gov. Steve Bullock’s Executive Order 15-2018. Bullock’s Executive Order requires organizations receiving large state contracts to report political contributions that exceed $2,500, even if the disclosures are not required under federal election laws. The […]

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Four more states making changes to lobbying and ethics laws. Find out which jurisdictions in this edition of News You Can Use Video Digest!

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The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Montana law requiring groups to register with the state as political committees if they run any kind of ad that refers to a candidate or ballot issue within 60 days of […]

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The Montana Legislature adjourned Sine Die on April 25, 2019, three days before it was scheduled to adjourn on the 90th legislative day. During the session, Senate Bill 150 passed changing the method for filing and reviewing ethics complaints. The […]

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