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Helena, Mont.-- The Coalition for Integrity released their Enforcement of Ethics Rules by State Agencies: Unpacking the S.W.A.M.P. Index report today. The report ranks and compares states and independent state ethics agencies based on transparency and the availability of enforcement...
Thursday, September 12, 2019/Categories: Commissioner of Political Practices/Tags:
Helena, Mont. – The Commissioner’s office is aware of the 9th Circuit’s ruling on Montana’s robocall law and defers comment on the decision to Montana’s Attorney General.  The Commissioner reminds Montana citizens, however, that campaign finance reporting and...
Wednesday, September 11, 2019/Categories: Commissioner of Political Practices/Tags: robo-text, robotext, COPP, robocall, FCC, robo-call, robo call
Ballot Collection Tips for Montanans who Deliver Ballots
Ballot Collection Tips for Montanans who Deliver Ballots  The “Ballot Interference Prevention Act” (BIPA) in Effect and Enforced FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE Helena, Mont. – Montana voters are or will be receiving mailed ballots for school and special district elections...
Thursday, April 18, 2019/Categories: Commissioner of Political Practices/Tags: BIPA
Office of Political Practices Begins Enforcement of LR 129 Unauthorized Ballot Collection May Carry a $500 Fine Per Ballot
Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Categories: Commissioner of Political Practices/Tags:
Today the US Supreme Court denied Montanans for Community Development’s final request to challenge the constitutionality of Montana’s Disclose Act.  The act, passed with bipartisan support by the 2015 Montana Legislature, required that groups who engage in last minute...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019/Categories: Commissioner of Political Practices/Tags: Disclose Act
FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE Helena, Mont.— Today the Supreme Court noted without dissent to not hear the Montana campaign contribution case, Lair v. Mangan (SCOTUS Case No. 18-149). The Supreme Court’s decision today denied Mr. Lair’s final opportunity to strike down...
Monday, January 14, 2019/Categories: Commissioner of Political Practices, Montana.gov/Tags: supreme court
The Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) has propsed to amend the threshold amount that a lobbyist can earn to be required to register as a lobbyist. The COPP proposes the amount increase from the 2017 amount of $2,550 to $2,600 for 2019. Public comment is open; If persons who are...
Monday, November 19, 2018/Categories: Commissioner of Political Practices/Tags: lobbying
The Commissioner of Political Practice’s (COPP) office has received an increasing number of complaints about unsolicited political robotexts over the past few days.   “We’ve received one formal complaint and numerous other complaints about campaign-related text...
Mailers urging Montanans to apply for an absentee ballot—regardless of whether they were already registered to vote by mail— have prompted many concerned Montanans to reach out to the Commissioner of Political Practice’s office. “We’ve had inquiries about the...
Friday, October 12, 2018/Categories: Commissioner of Political Practices/Tags: absentee ballot
On May 2, 2018 a Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals panel denied the petition for rehearing en banc on behalf of the Court. Montana’s campaign contribution limits are once again upheld and remain in place. The Commissioner extends his thanks to Assistant Attorney General Matthew T....
Wednesday, May 2, 2018/Categories: Commissioner of Political Practices/Tags:
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