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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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This week, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear a case challenging the state’s Disclose Act, leaving in place a lower court ruling of constitutionality. The Disclose Act requires more heightened reporting by groups seeking to influence […]

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The challenge on Montana’s contribution limits has ended. The U.S. Supreme Court did not take up the case regarding campaign finance in Montana. The 1994 law establishing the contribution limits was struck down in 2012 and 2015, but the 9th […]

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The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices received approval to increase the threshold amount a lobbyist can earn to trigger lobbyist registration with the state. The threshold amount for 2019 is $2,600. The Commissioner of Political Practices also updated its lobbying […]

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The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices has proposed to amend the threshold amount a lobbyist can earn to trigger lobbyist registration with the state. The current amount of $2,550 was set in 2017. The new proposed threshold amount for 2019 […]

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Attorney James Bopp, Jr. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Montana’s contribution limits, arguing they are an unconstitutional limit on free speech. Bopp was an attorney in the well-known Citizens United case, which led to the U.S. […]

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Montana legislative leaders failed to persuade a majority of lawmakers to hold a special session this week to address two ballot initiatives. Some lawmakers expressed concern with the initiatives, which address mine cleanup plans and raising the state’s tobacco tax […]

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