- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana’s commissioner of political practices is touting the state’s new online campaign finance filing system as a success after its first major test this week.

Statewide candidates faced a filing deadline on Monday, 35 days from the June 7 primary elections. But the real rush came Tuesday, the deadline for hundreds of district and county candidates.

Commissioner Jonathan Motl said Thursday that of 339 state district candidates, including legislative and Public Service Commission hopefuls, only 27 missed the filing deadline.

Of the 112 county candidates required to file because they expected to receive $500 or more in contributions, 15 failed to file by the deadline.

Motl says those failures to file are within the normal range of those who didn’t file hard-copy reports under the previous system.

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