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On May 17, U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell ruled the current statutory campaign finance contribution limits in Montana unconstitutional. “Defendants have not proven that the campaign contribution limits … further the important state interest of combating quid pro quo corruption […]

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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 […]

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On January 9, a $10 increase in contribution limits for certain candidates becomes effective in the state of Montana. Pursuant to state statute, the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices, adjusting contribution limitations to reflect the consumer price index, […]

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On November 24, Montana Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl formally filed new campaign finance rules with the secretary of state. The 50 plus pages of new rules do not take effect until published, which is expected to be in early […]

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On May 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court’s ruling in Lair v. Bullock. The lower court concluded Montana’s political contribution limits were unconstitutionally low. The appellate court found the lower district court […]

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April 28, 2015  •  

Montana Legislature Adjourns

The Montana Senate and the House both adjourned sine die on April 28, 2015. Governor Steve Bullock, who does not have a pocket veto, has 10 days upon delivery to sign, veto, or recommend amendments to bills. The Legislature, which […]

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On April 24, the Montana Senate confirmed Jonathan Motl as the Commissioner of Political Practices. Motl has been serving in the position since June of 2013 when he was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock. His confirmation had been contentious because […]

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Today Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a broad campaign finance bill into law. Among the changes in Senate Bill 289, known as the Disclose Montana Act, are new disclosure requirements for committees making independent expenditures, a prohibition on unions making […]

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Today the Montana Legislature will convene its 64th regular session. Based on pre-filed bills, issues under consideration include revising campaign laws related to robo-calls, absentee ballots, and disclosure and reporting periods for certain campaign activities. The Legislature, which regularly meets […]

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On December 22, the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices’ proposed rule amendment increasing the threshold amount of payment triggering lobbyist registration to $2,500 for 2015 and 2016 was adopted. The payment threshold is adjusted by an inflation factor determined by […]

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On October 22, U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen upheld the Montana’s campaign finance law. Montanans for Community Development (MCD), a nonprofit organization, had brought the lawsuit challenging the law’s requirement to have the organization report its financial supporters. According to […]

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TRACE Act

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American Tradition Partnership

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