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Posted inCampaign SpendingElectionsNewsPoliticsState Government

Bullock campaign fined $3,000 for reporting violations involving state aircraft

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s campaign has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices to resolve a complaint stemming from Bullock’s use of a state aircraft during his 2016 re-election campaign. A three-page settlement document posted to the Commissioner of Political Practices’ website late Friday afternoon “finally resolves” the allegations […]

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Wagman reaches settlement in wake of Wittich decision

Just days after the Montana Supreme Court upheld a verdict in the high-profile political corruption lawsuit against former Bozeman lawmaker Art Wittich, a fellow former Republican lawmaker from Livingston has admitted he broke Montana campaign laws in his 2010 primary race. Pat Wagman, who served House representative from Livingston from 2003-2007, conceded that he violated […]

Posted inCampaign SpendingCorruptionCrime and JusticeElectionsNewsPoliticsState Government

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 […]

Posted inElectionsNewsPoliticsState Government

Complete Volume of Gov. Steve Bullock’s May Email Release

By John S. Adams, Editor-in-Chief Multiple news outlets on May 6 reported on Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s release of three years’ worth of emails from his personal email account. This latest inquiry into Bullock’s emails is in part related to Lt. Gov. Angela McClean’s abrupt departure from the governor’s office last fall. McClean resigned her […]

Posted inEnvironmentLand UseNewsWildlife

Conservation Groups Sue Feds over Bull Trout Recovery Plan

By John S. Adams,  Editor-in-Chief Two Montana conservation groups are suing the federal government alleging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to recover endangered bull trout is inadequate and threatens to drive the iconic Western fish to extinction. The Helena-based Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the Bigfork-based Friends of the Wild Swan argued […]