- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices has accepted a complaint alleging the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes accepted “dark money” supporting the tribal water compact during the current legislative session.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/1Dt38Ve ) that Flathead County Republican leader Jayson Peters filed the complaint claiming the Tribes did not disclose lobbying efforts with pro-compact group Farmers and Ranchers for Montana.

Lobbyists must register with the state and disclose their contributions, but grassroots groups like FARM do not have such stringent regulations.

A spokesman for the tribes said the complaint is a distraction tactic.

The complaint was filed April 3. Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl said he had 20 days to review and respond to the complaint. An investigation should follow the acceptance of a complaint.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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