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Tonight on Capitol Talk: The state admits it needs to do a lot better job monitoring for-profit wilderness schools for troubled teens. Economics hold little sway in the effort to abolish Montana's death penalty. Money is being restored to the depleted Health Department budget. Another Montana campaign finance reform law is upheld. And lawmakers may have found a way to bridge the infrastructure impasse.

U.S. Supreme Court file photo.
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Montana’s 2015 campaign finance law survived its biggest test Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, declined to take up a case challenging the state’s Disclose Act

The high court leaves in place a lower court’s ruling that Montana’s so-called 'Disclose Act' is constitutional.

Governor Steve Bullock filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday over its decision to loosen financial disclosure requirements for so-called dark money groups.

The policy change the IRS made last week means that some non-profit organizations that can spend unlimited money on political ads no longer have to turn over the names of their largest donors to government tax officials.

A federal judge upholds the Disclose Act: what does it mean for the gubernatorial race? Ryan Zinke’s ads get "nasty" in the House race, and the analysts discuss which races are likely to keep us up late Tuesday night. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin break down the final week before the elections on this episode of "Campaign Beat."

Federal Judge Upholds Montana Campaign Disclosure Law

Nov 1, 2016
"Issue advocacy" from the 2012 Montana elections.
Josh Burnham

Montana's new campaign disclosure law has survived its first test, with a federal judge rejecting arguments that it unconstitutionally interferes with the free speech of groups that want to influence elections without revealing where they get their money or how they spend it.

Gov. Steve Bullock during a 2016 campaign stop at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Mike Albans / Montana Public Radio

Governor Steve Bullock’s re-election campaign on Tuesday quickly seized on a judge’s ruling to uphold Montana’s campaign finance disclosure law. Bullock was in Missoula ostensibly to rally with students.

Groups Change Ad Strategies Before Campaign Finance Deadline

Aug 12, 2016
"Issue advocacy" from the 2012 Montana elections.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Representatives from three organizations say they will either change or cease running issue ads that mention Montana political candidates ahead of a deadline Tuesday that would require them to register as political committees and make financial disclosures to the state.

Montana Campaign Watchdog To Review Political Party Committees

Jul 7, 2016
The sign outside the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Office.
Steve Jess / Montana Public Radio

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — More than two dozen Montana campaign committees currently registered as political party committees may have to be reclassified as independent campaign groups or be re-established as official arms of the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian parties.

Montana will raise the minimum wage by $0.15 in January, 2018.
flickr user 401(k) 2012 (CC-BY-SA-2)

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.

Jonathan Motl, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices speaks during a forum in Missoula, MT
Josh Burnham

Montana’s new campaign finance law still has at least one loophole that needs to be addressed. That’s according to state Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl.

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