Art Wittich

Judge To Decide Penalties In Next Phase Of Dark Money Case

Apr 11, 2016
Rep. Art Wittich
Montana Legislature

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Now that a jury has ruled a Montana legislator took $19,599 in illegal contributions, a judge now must decide whether to impose the ultimate penalty — the removal of an elected official from office, which hasn't been done by court order in 75 years.

Jury: Wittich Guilty Of Campaign Finance Violations

Apr 2, 2016
Rep. Art Wittich, R-Bozeman, testifies on the forth day of his corruption trial in Helena.
Kimberly Reed

It took a jury of six men and six women four hours Friday to find Bozeman Republican lawmaker Art Wittich illegally coordinated with non-profit third-party political groups during his 2010 primary election campaign.

Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl, the state elections enforcer who brought the civil lawsuit against Wittich for violations of campaign finances laws, told reporters after the trial that the jury’s decision will have lasting impacts on Montana elections.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl reflects during a break in the final day of his lawsuit against Bozeman Republican Rep. Art Wittich.
Kimberly Reed.

Testimony and arguments in the civil trial of State Representative Art Wittich wrapped up today. The jury is now deliberating the campaign finance charge against him. The Bozeman Republican has been on trial all week, sued by Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl. Motl says Wittich failed to report substantial contributions of campaign services provided by a national anti-union group in 2010. We spoke with John S. Adams, editor-in-chief of Montana Free Press about the trial's final day, and what happens next.


This week on "Campaign Beat": Regardless of the verdict, the Wittich trial could have long lasting implications for Montana politics. The Gianforte campaign continues to avoid questions about the candidate's charitable giving and positions on social issues. How long can that continue? And Attorney General Tim Fox saves they day when a belligerent drunk gets rowdy.

Rep. Art Wittich, R-Bozeman, testifies on the forth day of his corruption trial in Helena.
Kimberly Reed

State representative Art Wittich took the stand Thursday in the civil trial against him for allegedly violating state campaign finance law. Wittich is being sued by Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl. Motl says Wittich failed to report thousands of dollars of campaign services that he received from a nation anti-unton group when he ran for state senate in 2010. Wittich says he did pay for the services, and denies any wrongdoing. We spoke with John S. Adams, editor-in-chief of Montana Free Press about Wittich's testimony on Thursday.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl testifies in his lawsuit against Republican Rep. Art Wittich.
Kimberly Reed

The third day of the civil trial against Republican State Representative Art Wittich included testimony from the man who's suing him — that's Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl. Motl says Wittich didn't report campaign contributions in the form of thousands of dollars of campaign services that he received from a national anti-union group in 2010. Montana Free Press Editor-in-Chief John S. Adams brings us up to speed on what happened at the trial on Wednesday.


The testimony of Sarah Arnold resumed in the Wittich campaign practices trial, revealing inner workings of the National Right to Work campaign operation in MT.
John S. Adams - Montana Free Press

The jury hearing the case against Bozeman Republican Art Wittich has now heard two days of testimony. State Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl's case against Wittich charges the lawmaker with failing to report thousands of dollars in campaign services he allegedly received from the National Right To Work Committee when he was running for state senate in 2010. We spoke with Montana Free Press Editor-in-Chief John S. Adams who's covering the trial from Helena.


Wittich Campaign Finance Trial Underway

Mar 28, 2016
Special attorney general Gene Jarussi, center, listens during jury selection. COPP Jonathan Motl, far right, is suing Bozeman Republican Rep. Art Wittich, far left, for campaign practice violations. Also pictured is Wittic’hs attorney, Lucinda Luetkemeyer
Courtesy Kimberly Reed

HELENA — A highly anticipated civil trial to determine whether Bozeman Republican Rep. Art Wittich violated campaign practice laws during his 2010 primary campaign got underway in Helena on Monday.

Rep. Wittich To Get His Day In Court

Mar 25, 2016
Rep. Art Wittich
Montana Legislature

After more than two years of allegations, counter-claims, investigations, and back-and-forth legal maneuverings, the high-profile campaign practices lawsuit between a Democratic appointee and a Republican state lawmaker will finally go before a jury on Monday.

Montana DPHHS

The special state committee set up to oversee Medicaid expansion in Montana got its first progress report since expansion began January 1.

"This is just incredible success we’re having," Marie Matthews with the state health department told the committee. "This program has already saved the state general fund about $3 million," she said.

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