campaign finance

Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives Denise Juneau stumps on the state Capitol steps Thursday in a promise to end what she calls unethical campaign behavior in Congress.
Corin Cates-Carney

Democratic candidate for Congress Denise Juneau promised legislation to curb what she calls unethical campaign behavior in Congress Thursday, Sept. 8. Juneau is calling it the CASH ACT of 2017, which stands for Congress Abolishes Super PAC Hiring.

Challenger Denise Juneau and incumbant Ryan Zinke met in Billings for their second debate on September 1, 2016
DENISE JUNEAU: COURTESY BRONTE WITTPEN; RYAN ZINKE: WILLIAM MARCUS

Last night, for the second time in less than a week, the candidates for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives met to debate, arguing policy and social issues, and making their case to voters.

Groups Change Ad Strategies Before Campaign Finance Deadline

Aug 12, 2016
"Issue" advocacy from the 2012 Montana elections.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Representatives from three organizations say they will either change or cease running issue ads that mention Montana political candidates ahead of a deadline Tuesday that would require them to register as political committees and make financial disclosures to the state.

Montana Lawmaker Seeks New Trial In Dark Money Case

Jul 22, 2016
Rep. Art Wittich (R) HD68
Montana Legislature

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana lawmaker is asking for a new trial after a jury ruled he took illegal corporate contributions from an anti-union organization in 2010.

Montana Campaign Watchdog To Review Political Party Committees

Jul 7, 2016
The sign outside the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Office
Steve Jess

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — More than two dozen Montana campaign committees currently registered as political party committees may have to be reclassified as independent campaign groups or be re-established as official arms of the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian parties.

MTPR

Montana lawmakers have rejected a call for a special legislative session by a group of Republicans who want to raise campaign contribution limits.

Gov. Steve Bullock (file photo)
Josh Burnham

After Montana’s primary election on June 7, candidates in Montana’s gubernatorial race are building up their bank accounts to fund the contest in November.

Rep. Art Wittich (R) HD68
Montana Legislature

  Today a judge fined state Representative Art Wittich $68,000 for campaign finance violations from 2010 that a jury found him guilty of in April. But the judge said Wittich does not have to give up his seat in the legislature.

District Judge Ray Dayton handed down the penalty today in Anaconda.

Montana Gubernatorial Race On Track To Break Funding Records

Jun 14, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte brought in a total of more than $3.8 million in campaign contributions through last week's primary — already nearly as much as the $3.9 million Bullock and Republican Rick Hill collected during the entire 2012 gubernatorial campaign.

Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte’s campaign brought in more money than his opponent Democratic incumbent Steve Bullock in the latest reporting period. But most of the money Gianforte reported adding to his campaign in the latest period came from several loans from the Bozeman businessman himself, totaling $150,000.

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