COPP: Montana Republican Party Violated Montana Campaign Finance Law

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Friday, June 26, 2020

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COPP: Montana Republican Party Violated Montana Campaign Finance Law

“The Commissioner finds the Montana Republican Party, Montanans for Conservation, and Club for Growth Action violated Montana campaign finance law.”

Helena, MT – In response to a complaint filed by the Montana Democratic Party, the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices found the MTGOP to have violated Montana campaign finance law in the course of their covert effort to qualify the Green Party for the ballot. According to the COPP decision, the matter has now been referred to the Lewis and Clark County Attorney for possible prosecution. 

The Montana Republican Party’s blatant attempt to meddle in Montana’s democratic process is now well-documented. After the MTGOP admitted to paying $100,000 to finance a signature gathering operation to qualify the Green Party for the ballot — which has been thoroughly condemned by the MT Green Party — reports revealed that an outside group linked to a Steve Daines donor from Texas who spent $2 million bankrolling attacks on Senator Jon Tester in 2018 funded the group backing the GOP’s sham Green Party candidate. The MTGOP is led by executive director, Spenser Merwin, a former senior staff member for Senator Daines.

The COPP has now confirmed what Montanans have long known — the GOP’s shady tactics have no place in Montana elections. 

“The MTGOP tried to mask their election meddling by skirting Montana campaign finance law, but got caught red-handed. Now, they are being held accountable for their shameful attempts to mislead Montanans and meddle with our elections,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “The Montana Democratic Party will always stand up for the integrity of our elections. It’s a shame that the MTGOP can’t say the same.”

You can read the full decision here.


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