Montanans Against Tax Hikes Big Tobacco Violated Campaign Laws, Commissioner Finds By John Adams - Montana Free Press • Sep 10, 2018 HELENA — Two Big Tobacco companies violated Montana’s campaign practices and disclosure laws as part of a campaign opposing a tobacco tax ballot initiative. That’s according a 14-page decision issued by the state’s top campaign practices official. Big Tobacco Boosts I-185 Opposition Spending By Nearly $8 Million By Maxine Speier • Sep 6, 2018 Listen Listening... / 2:05 Big Tobacco Boosts I-185 Opposition Spending By Nearly $8 Million The latest fundraising reports show that opponents of the ballot initiative proposing increasing Montana’s tobacco tax boosted contributions by $7.7 million in August. That’s nearly eight times what the campaign supporting the ballot issue raised in the same period. Montana Supreme Court Leaves Tax Initiative Ballot Language Alone By Associated Press • Aug 15, 2018 A unanimous Montana Supreme Court has rejected a tobacco industry-funded group's request to rewrite the ballot statement of a citizen's initiative to raise the state's tobacco taxes. The opinion by Chief Justice Mike McGrath Wednesday says the statement written by the attorney general's office meets legal standards and will appear as is before voters in November. Complaint Alleges "Dark Money" Against Campaign To Raise Montana's Tobacco Tax By Jackie Yamanaka • Jun 4, 2018 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.