- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Great Falls judge has found a former Livingston lawmaker guilty of corruption in a civil lawsuit filed by the commissioner of political practices.

District Judge Gregory Pinski ruled Friday that Republican Joel Boniek accepted and did not disclose more than $9,000 in contributions in exchange for fealty to the donor, the conservative group Western Tradition Partnership.

WTP conducted a direct mail campaign supporting Boniek’s failed 2010 House bid. Pinksi banned Boniek from running in future elections until he reports the WTP contributions, and ordered him to pay $54,362 in fines.

Boniek told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1NAMn3y ) the judge was a fraud with a political agenda. He does not plan to appeal.

WTP faded away after a Helena judge ruled in 2012 that it was a political group required to disclose its donors and spending.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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