Jonathan Motl en Clean Campaigns, A "Clean Platform" And Clean Coal <p></p><p>This week in Montana politics:</p><p>The A.P. reported that <a href="">District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock rejected Sen. Art Wittich's attempt to dismiss campaign finance complaints</a> filed against him. The ruling clears the way for the case against Wittich to proceed.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:42:08 +0000 Josh Burnham 21840 at Clean Campaigns, A "Clean Platform" And Clean Coal Closed primaries, V.A. craziness and campaign chicanery <p>Over the weekend, Montana Republicans held their platform convention in Billings.&nbsp; <a href="">Chuck Johnson of Lee Newspapers reports</a> that Republicans, "Irked at what they believe is Democrats interfering in their primary elections. . . called for closing their primaries and allowing only registered Republicans to vote in them."&nbsp; Delegates also supported a resolution to turn over federal public lands to the state.<br /> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:53:44 +0000 Josh Burnham 21175 at Motl: Supreme Court decision will not impact MT elections much <p>The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to let individuals give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want.</p><p>The 5-4 vote Wednesday, led by the court’s conservative majority, frees up wealthy contributors to give more campaign donations ahead of the 2014 election.</p><p>It will have an immediate impact on Montana races for federal office, such as the US Senate and House of Representatives.</p><p>But, the state Commissioner of Political Practices says statewide elections will not be affected that much.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:41:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 17111 at Moderate Republicans touting virtues of “light money” PAC <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of moderate Republicans who denounce anonymous campaign spending in elections say <a href="" target="_blank">their Political Action Committee, </a>or PAC, plays by the rules.</span></p><p>PACs have been the source of so-called dark money over the last few elections cycles, and a lot of that spending in Montana has been aimed at helping more conservative Republicans win primary campaigns.</p><p>The moderates say this time they’re fighting back--in a transparent way.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:28:07 +0000 Dan Boyce 15829 at Moderate Republicans touting virtues of “light money” PAC State lawmaker accused of illegal coordination with dark money group <p></p><p></p><p>Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices this week issued a ruling accusing a sitting Republican state lawmaker of illegally coordinating with a “dark money” group during his 2010 campaign, an accusation the lawmaker denies.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:43:04 +0000 Dan Boyce 12728 at State lawmaker accused of illegal coordination with dark money group Judge fines “dark money” group more than $260,000 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">American Tradition Partnership, one of the primary “dark money” groups operating in Montana the past few elections, has been fined more than $260,000 for illegal campaign activity. This even as the group may be quietly dissolving.</span></p><p>“Here, we have what appears to be a deliberate attempt to evade Montana’s campaign and reporting requirements,” District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock wrote in his Monday ruling.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:39:21 +0000 Dan Boyce 11719 at Judge fines “dark money” group more than $260,000 Political Practices Commissioner declares ATP violated MT election laws <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana&rsquo;s commissioner of political practices is ruling the conservative dark money group American Tradition Partnership illegally coordinated election activities with a former state legislator.</span></p><p>Commissioner Jonathan Motl said Wednesday ATP distributed campaign mailers in coordination with former Billings Republican Representative Dan Kennedy. It&rsquo;s the second blow to ATP this week, after a federal judge threw out a lawsuit from ATP associates.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:28:56 +0000 Dan Boyce 9797 at Political Practices Commissioner declares ATP violated MT election laws