- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The commissioner of political practices has put 14 political action committees on notice that their status will be terminated if they don’t file their required spending reports.

Independent PACs can spend and receive unlimited amounts of money to support or oppose candidates in elections, as long as there is no coordination with the campaigns.

Commissioner Jonathan Motl sent letters last week to the 14 PACs warning they have two weeks to respond or he will “deem your election activity to be complete and terminate your political committee status.”

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/258RdNR ) the commissioner’s office has never before terminated a political committee.

Motl says the PACs would be able to re-register. He says his office is seeking to trim dormant committees that make it more difficult to track the 111 other independent PACs.

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

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