By making speeches, accepting endorsements and traveling with state Democrats during the final week of the 2014 elections, former Democratic state senator and current Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat may have violated the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.
Liberal groups showed up at last week’s meeting of the Montana legislature’s State Administration and Veterans Affairs (SAVA) committee to express concerns with new campaign rules being implemented by the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) under the newly passed Montana DISCLOSE Act.
In his ruling against researchers from Stanford University and Dartmouth College for controversial mailers regarding the 2014 Montana Supreme Court race, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) Jonathan Motl noted that the project sent twice as many mailers to likely liberal voters as conservative voters.
Continuing a trend that has plagued more conservative Republicans in the waning days of this year’s Montana state legislative session, so-called “responsible Republicans” once again joined with Democrats last week to hand Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock another major victory.
“Montanans for Liberty and Justice,” (MLJ) a political action committee with direct ties to the Montana Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA), disclosed spending in excess of $250,000 for the election of Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat between June 19 and October 18.
Last week’s controversial “research mailers” from Stanford University and Dartmouth College political scientists seeking to inform voters of the ideological positions of Montana Supreme Court candidates were based on data from Stanford’s Database on Ideology, Money, and Elections (DIME).
Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) Jonathan Motl has apologized to two state legislative candidates after including them in last week’s broad ruling against 42 candidates for failing to submit campaign finance reports.
Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl has ruled that his predecessor Dave Gallik broke Montana law when he acted as treasurer of a shadowy 527 group with dark money ties to former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer while Commissioner. Motl noted in his decision that the Commissioner of Political Practices must avoid even the appearance […]
About three dozen Members of the Big Sky Tea Party Association marched to Montana Office of Political Practices yesterday to present a petition to Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl demanding that he take steps to ensure fairness in how the office enforces campaign laws.
Montana’s top campaign cop has taken it upon himself to decide what campaign services are worth. So far, his rulings have been completely arbitrary and without basis.