A dark money group tied to a Democratic super PAC on Tuesday rolled out its first ad attacking Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale. Democrat Jon Tester decries dark money in elections, but sometimes benefits from it.
A bail bond company facing fines and sanctions from the State Auditor gave nearly $13,000 to Rosendale’s campaigns in 2016. In 2017 Rosendale settled the longstanding litigation and levied no penalties.
Documents reveal state and federal agencies are training law enforcement agencies to surveil anti-Keystone XL pipeline activists’ social media, and how to arrest protesters en masse.
According to an audio recording obtained by the Daily Beast, Republican Montana State Auditor and U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale may have illegally coordinated with a top NRA official prior to the conservative gun rights group spending nearly $400,000 on ads attacking Rosendale’s opponent, Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.
Two Big Tobacco companies violated Montana’s campaign practices and disclosure laws as part of a campaign opposing a ballot initiative to raise the state’s tobacco tax, according a 14-page decision issued by the state’s top campaign cop.
Civil liberties groups say a government report conflated indigenous protesters with violent “environmental rights extremists,” and revealed anti-Keystone XL pipeline protesters’ free speech rights were being chilled by surveillance.
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