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

State representative Art Wittich took the stand Thursday in the civil trial against him for allegedly violating state campaign finance law. Wittich is being sued by Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl. Motl says Wittich failed to report thousands of dollars of campaign services that he received from a nation anti-unton group when he ran for state senate in 2010. Wittich says he did pay for the services, and denies any wrongdoing. We spoke with John S. Adams, editor-in-chief of Montana Free Press about Wittich's testimony on Thursday.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl testifies in his lawsuit against Republican Rep. Art Wittich, March 31, 2016.
Kimberly Reed

The third day of the civil trial against Republican State Representative Art Wittich included testimony from the man who's suing him — that's Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl. Motl says Wittich didn't report campaign contributions in the form of thousands of dollars of campaign services that he received from a national anti-union group in 2010. Montana Free Press Editor-in-Chief John S. Adams brings us up to speed on what happened at the trial on Wednesday.


The testimony of Sarah Arnold resumed in the Wittich campaign practices trial, revealing inner workings of the National Right to Work campaign operation in MT.
John S. Adams - Montana Free Press

The jury hearing the case against Bozeman Republican Art Wittich has now heard two days of testimony. State Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl's case against Wittich charges the lawmaker with failing to report thousands of dollars in campaign services he allegedly received from the National Right To Work Committee when he was running for state senate in 2010. We spoke with Montana Free Press Editor-in-Chief John S. Adams who's covering the trial from Helena.


Wittich Campaign Finance Trial Underway

Mar 28, 2016
Special attorney general Gene Jarussi, center, listens during jury selection. COPP Jonathan Motl, far right, is suing Bozeman Republican Rep. Art Wittich, far left, for campaign practice violations. Also pictured is Wittic’hs attorney, Lucinda Luetkemeyer
Courtesy Kimberly Reed

HELENA — A highly anticipated civil trial to determine whether Bozeman Republican Rep. Art Wittich violated campaign practice laws during his 2010 primary campaign got underway in Helena on Monday.

Rep. Wittich To Get His Day In Court

Mar 25, 2016
Rep. Art Wittich
Montana Legislature

After more than two years of allegations, counter-claims, investigations, and back-and-forth legal maneuverings, the high-profile campaign practices lawsuit between a Democratic appointee and a Republican state lawmaker will finally go before a jury on Monday.

Montana will raise the minimum wage by $0.15 in January, 2018.
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This year’s gubernatorial race is expected to draw record-breaking amounts of money for the two leading candidates. Recently, the opposing campaigns are disputing where that money is coming from.

Montana will raise the minimum wage by $0.15 in January, 2018.
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Montana got an “A” rating today in a scorecard measuring disclosure and transparency requirements for contributions to state campaigns.

Montana fared better than most states in the scorecard released by the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

Hearing Previews Upcoming Political Corruption Trial

Mar 7, 2016
Former Commissioner of Political Practices investigator Julie Steab responds to cross examination from state attorney Gene Jarussi.
John S. Adams - MontanaFreePress.org

Today there were developments in a political corruption lawsuit being brought against Bozeman Republican Art Wittich. John S. Adams is covering this for the website Montana Free Press, and he joins us now to talk about today's hearing.

Money Rolls Into Montana's Down-Ticket Campaigns

Mar 2, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lots of money is flowing into Montana's gubernatorial race, but candidates for down-ticket races are also trying to scoop up campaign money

 

Governor Steve Bullock raised more money in the latest campaign finance reporting period than his opponent Greg Gianforte.

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