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 political attacks that have become so common in our elections and will have the opportunity to see who’s funding those attacks,” Bullock said. “We’re saying if you’re going to spend money in our elections you need to just simply disclose who’s writing those checks.” The bill narrowly passed in a nearly party line vote, with 10 Republicans siding with all the Democrats.
Chris Shipp, executive director of the Montana Republican Party said his party’s opposition was because the bill excluded donations to the governor through the Democratic Governors Association. “Apparently Bullock only believes in transparency as long as he doesn’t have to tell Montanans where all his undisclosed, unlimited corporate cash is coming from.” Bullock responded that as long as he is chair of the DGA, the organization would not spend any “dark money.”