MTPR

Montana Commissioner of Political Practices

Jeff Mangan is Montana's commissioner of political practices.
Corin Cates-Carney

A ruling today from Montana’s top elections cop says the Green party violated state campaign law by not reporting electioneering spending. He says the Greens benefitted from an unknown amount of money from an unknown source to help them gather signatures on a petition to run candidates on the November ballot.

Democratic Party Attorney Kevin Hamilton arguing a case challenging Green Party access to the ballot at the Lewis and Clark County courthouse Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney

A state district judge has ordered the Montana Green Party off November ballots.

Helena Judge James Reynolds ruled Monday night that around 80 signatures gathered in the petition to put the Green Party on the ballot shouldn’t have been counted.

Editor's note: A group named in the complaint responded to YPR's request for comment Monday night. This story was updated to reflect the emailed response.  

Montana Green Party 'Unaware' If Paid Signature-Gatherers Helped Out

Apr 2, 2018

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Green Party sought the public's help in gathering voter signatures to qualify its candidates to run in state elections this year, but it is unaware of anybody being paid to do so, party officials said Monday.

High Court Upholds Verdict In Wittich Corruption Case

Aug 23, 2017
Rep. Art Wittich, R-Bozeman, testifies on the forth day of his corruption trial in Helena, March 31, 2016.
Kimberly Reed

In a 5-0 decision, Montana’s Supreme Court ruled against former State Representative Art Wittich in a campaign finance case that dates back to 2010.

Journalist John Adams of The Montana Free Press spoke to Wittich today. Adams joined us  from Helena.

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