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An outside group is running ads trying to influence voters in Montana's U.S. Senate race — a battle between Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock that could be key in determining which party holds the majority in the U.S. Senate.

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.

Two different versions of Montana conservatism have been butting heads for years in the statehouse. And they’ll be pitted against each other again in Tuesday's primary election as GOP voters choose them between factions of the Republican party – business-minded Republicans willing to work across the aisle and party hardliners who legislate with strict ideology.

Mike Cooney, provided May 2020
Courtesy Mike Cooney

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.

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. 


Montana Republican leaders are asking their colleague to step down from his state House seat after he made “inflammatory and deeply disturbing comments” at a party event last weekend. But the Billings lawmaker says he won’t resign.

This week on "Campaign Beat:" Governor Bullock's presidential race is over - but Democrats still hope he jumps into the Senate race. Both primaries in the governor's race have strong challengers to the frontrunners. And U.S. House candidate Corey Stapleton comes under fire for a controversial newsletter.

Montana Secretary of State Office
William Marcus

A fourth Republican is entering Montana’s primary race for Secretary of State.

Bowen Greenwood, current clerk of the Montana Supreme Court, announced Tuesday he’s joining the 2020 race for the job of top election official.

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. 

Congressman Greg Gianforte announces his bid for Montana governor on June 14, 2019 at the Montana Republican Party convention in Helena
Thom Bridge, Helena Independent Record

Montana Republicans held their state party convention over the weekend in Helena.

Most of the attention was on the race to win the GOP nomination for governor, which Montana’s Congressman Greg Gianforte is seeking.

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