- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A new poll shows Montana lawmakers support the campaign finance rules created to implement a law passed by the 2015 Montana Legislature.

The State Administrative and Veterans Committee polled all 150 state lawmakers earlier this month, asking if the rules implemented by Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl matched the intent of Senate Bill 289, called the Disclose Act.

The new rules require candidates to file reports electronically, call for more frequent reporting and require third-party groups to report spending if their communication mentions a candidate or uses an image of them within 90 days of an election.

The preliminary results of the poll found a majority of the lawmakers agreed with the rules that Motl created.

If lawmakers had disagreed, the poll results could have been used as evidence if someone wanted to sue to block the rules.


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