‘Dark Money’ Gets Scrutiny, Debate in Montana

Last month, the Montana Growth Network,  a tax-exempt group that made advertising expenditures in a 2012 state Supreme Court race, was accused of failing to disclose certain spending and violated disclosure laws (see Gavel Grab). The office of state Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl, who leveled the accusation, disclosed wealthy donors who funded the group. Now there […]

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Fundraising Already Under Way for Montana’s Supreme Court Race

Following a contentious Supreme Court election in 2014, Montana is already seeing fundraising for its primary and general Supreme Court elections this year.  That fundraising started in 2015, according to The Bozeman Daily Chronicle.  Describing his campaign donors as being across the political spectrum, one candidate said, “With the increasing politicization of these races in the […]

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Group Accused of Violating Campaign Law in Montana Court Race

The Montana Growth Network, a tax-exempt group that made advertising expenditures in a 2012 state Supreme Court race, failed to disclose certain spending and violated disclosure laws, said Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl. The Associated Press reported on Motl’s findings and said it will be up to prosecutors whether to bring charges in the matter. The […]

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Montana Sunshine Will Illuminate Dark Money in State-Wide Elections

Governor Steve Bullock of Montana signed the Montana Disclose Act this week, expanding  campaign finance regulations. Sponsored by Republican Sen. Duane Ankney, the legislation requires groups that contribute to state elections disclose their donors, according to the Associated Press. “Beginning next election Montanans for state races will be able to accurately judge and understand the […]

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Ex-Justice Nelson Urges Switch to Merit Selection in Montana

With scathing criticism of Citizens United’s “destructive fallout” for elected state courts, retired Montana Supreme Court Justice James Nelson is calling for a switch to merit selection of his state’s judges, before a “real train wreck” occurs. In the February edition of Montana Lawyer, Justice Nelson writes a lengthy and detailed plea for a switch to merit […]

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