Montana Legislature

Feb 21, 2013 12:33 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News

Campaign finance reforms bills pass MT House vote

HELENA - A pair of campaign finance reform bills sailed through the Montana House of Representatives on Wednesday. The first would require "dark money" groups to put a disclaimer on all their campaign ads.

"The purpose of the bill is to provide the voter with a clearer understanding of what kind of money is responsible for the election materials they are receiving. The proposed disclaimer would read: his communication is funded by anonymous sources. The voters should determine the veracity of it's content," State Representative Rob Cook (R-Conrad) said.

The second bill would require political groups with anonymous donors to file reports with the MT Commissioner of Political Practices. The report would list how much money the group spends and which candidate or issue they are advertising for.

The bills still face one more procedural vote before heading to the Montana Senate.

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