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High Court upholds verdict in Wittich corruption case

The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed with a lower court’s finding that former Republican state lawmaker Art Wittich violated Montana’s campaign finance laws when he illegally coordinated with third-party political groups during his 2010 primary election campaign. In a unanimous 5-0 opinion written by Justice Beth Baker, the state Supreme Court concluded that former […]

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Wittich to Get His Day in Court

By John S. Adams, Editor-in-Chief 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. Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl first brought the lawsuit against Bozeman Rep. Art Wittich, […]

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New judge assigned to political corruption lawsuit

The Helena district court judge Gov. Steve Bullock recently appointed to the bench has recused herself from presiding over a high-profile political corruption case involving one of Bullock’s staunchest critics. According to court records filed Wednesday, Judge Ray Dayton, of Anaconda, will take over for Judge DeeAnn Cooney, who recused herself from the case on […]

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Documents detail Right to Work’s involvement in Montana elections

HELENA – Thousands of newly uncovered documents and recently filed court records bolster the already mounting evidence tying the anti-union National Right to Work Committee to the political activities of conservative nonprofit groups accused of improperly coordinating Republican legislative primary campaigns in Montana. Emails, documents, and affidavits recently obtained by Montana’s commissioner of political practices […]

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Watchdog groups call on IRS to investigate ATP

Two campaign finance watchdog groups are calling on the IRS to investigate American Tradition Partnership, the “dark money” group at the center of a ProPublica/Frontline investigation last fall. According to the letter from the watchdog groups: “…the apparently false information included misrepresentations made to the IRS by WRP in urging expedited approval of its application […]