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Montana Commissioner of Political Practices

Raph Graybill
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The Montana Republican Party is reviving claims aimed at disqualifying the Democratic attorney general candidate from the November ballot.

The GOP filed a petition with the Montana Supreme Court Monday, alleging Democrat Raph Graybill is ineligible to run for the office. The party claims Graybill has not practiced law long enough to meet the position’s requirements.

Official Finds Montana GOP Violated Campaign Finance Laws

Jun 26, 2020

The Montana Republican Party - and two minor party qualification committees - violated state campaign finance laws. On Friday, the commissioner of political practices said the violations happened when the groups successfully qualified the Green Party of Montana for the primary ballot without the Green Party's knowledge.

Mike Cooney
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The Montana Republican Party has filed an ethics complaint with the Commissioner of Political Practices, alleging Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney participated in a campaign strategy call in his office at the Capitol.

Dark Money Group Found In Violation Of Campaign Law

May 19, 2020
Montana Free Press

HELENA — Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan issued a decision on Friday, May 15, stating that the organization behind a late-March cable ad mentioning Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Fox violated state campaign practice law. The organization, American Prosperity Group, purchased $28,837 worth of Montana airtime through cable provider Spectrum between March 24 and April 1, but did not register with the state as a political committee and did not file a finance report disclosing details about its fundraising and spending.

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

The Montana GOP has lodged an ethics complaint against Gov. Steve Bullock alleging he used state resources during his run for president last year. The Montana Republican Party alleges Bullock used a Twitter and Facebook account for both official and campaign purposes in violation of state law. 

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

The top enforcer for state political campaign regulations says a complaint filed by Montana Democrats is frivolous.

Political Practices Commissioner Jeff Mangan wrote in his decision Friday that Republican Secretary of State candidate Christi Jacobsen did not use public time or resources in support of her campaign, as alleged by the Democratic party.

Raph Graybill is one of two candidates in the Democratic primary for the office of Montana attorney general.
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A former Montana legislator has accused a fellow Democrat of being ineligible for the office he’s campaigning for, alleging he hasn’t practiced law in the state for long enough to run for state attorney general. A two-way Democratic primary is underway for the job, pitting Missoula state Representative Kimberly Dudik against Raph Graybill, chief legal counsel to the Governor’s Office.

Montana Democrats have lodged an ethics complaint against a Republican candidate for Secretary of State. Democrats accuse the current Secretary of State Chief of Staff of using public time to campaign.

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

The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) rejected the Republican Party’s complaint against Gov. Steve Bullock Monday, which alleged the Democrat is using state resources in his campaign for president. 

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock speaking at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair, August 16, 2018.
Clay Masters / Iowa Public Radio

Gov. Steve Bullock’s presidential campaign has agreed to pay for the travel, lodging and meals of the Montana Highway Patrol security detail accompanying him on out-of-state campaign travel.

Bullock’s official staff signed-off on an agreement earlier this month to pay for the expenses after Attorney General Tim Fox ordered a stop to the security. As of publication time the exact cost of the security detail has not been made public. 

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