campaign spending

Citizens United
8:49 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Nelson: 'Dark Money' Ruining Supreme Court Elections

Retired Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Nelson at MTPR.
Credit Eric Whitney

Jim Nelson was appointed to Montana's Supreme Court by Governor Marc Racicot in 1993, and retired in 2012. He's long been an advocate for electing state Supreme Court justices. But now he's changed his mind.

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Campaign Beat
4:50 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Funds, Guns And Election Day Registration

Screen capture from a Montanans for Free and Fair Elections ad about LR-126, election day registration.

"Campaign Beat" looks at recent campaign finance reports, dueling gun ads in the U.S. House race, the first TV ad from the Curtis campaign, and LR-126, the initiative seeking to repeal election day voter registration.

"Campaign Beat," our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season. Sally Mauk, former MTPR news director and now senior news analyst, hosts the program. She's  joined by Lee newspapers Capitol Reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

LR-126 ad from Montanans for Free and Fair Elections:

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Voter's Voice
11:55 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Voter's Voice: How Do You Feel About Outside Spending In Montana Elections?

Voter's Voice: How do you feel about outside spending in Montana elections? Watch the video, then tell us what you think.

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Voter's Voice
3:50 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Voter's Voice: The Most Important Issue? Part 1

What is the most important issue in this election? Watch the video, then tell us what issue is most important to you.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Hugh Caperton: Cash In The Courtroom

Hugh Caperton

Big money is pouring into judges' elections. So how would you feel if the judge deciding your case had received $3.5 million from your opponent? Hugh Caperton knows. With attorney James Sample, he took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Campaign Finance
6:36 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Tester-Backed Campaign Reform Measure Dies In Senate

Sen. Jon Tester co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to limit outside spending in elections.

A proposed constitutional amendment to reform campaign finance laws failed in the U-S Senate today. The amendment was co-sponsored by Montana Democrat Jon Tester.

Senator Tester says the amendment is needed to restore state control of campaign spending regulations.

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Politics Week In Review
5:03 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

This Week In Montana Politics

U.S. Senate Race

Saturday, Montana Democrats nominated Amanda Curtis to replace John Walsh in the U.S. Senate race.

Following the nomination, the question on many people's minds was 'who is Amanda Curtis?' Curtis, a 34 year-old Math teacher and one-term state representative from Butte, was not widely known before winning the Senate nomination.

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Politics Week In Review
5:43 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Special Nominating Convention, Veterans Issues, And Campaign Finance

This week in Montana politics.

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Documentary Special
2:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Is Independent Political Speech The Linchpin Of Our Democracy Or Its Achilles' Heel?

0731/2014 - Is independent political speech the linchpin of our democracy or its Achilles' heel?   For democracy to work, some say, citizens (and corporations, and unions, and media outlets, and other voluntary organizations) must be allowed to express their views on the issues, candidates, and elections of the day. This proposition, they say, is exactly why the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and of the press. On this view, restrictions on independent political speech undermine and subvert our constitutional structure.

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Montana Politics Week In Review
4:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Clean Campaigns, A "Clean Platform" And Clean Coal

This week in Montana politics:

The A.P. reported that District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock rejected Sen. Art Wittich's attempt to dismiss campaign finance complaints filed against him. The ruling clears the way for the case against Wittich to proceed.

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