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Former Ravalli Co Treasurer sues newspaper for millions

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Former Ravalli County treasurer sues Bitterroot Star (MTN News file photo) Former Ravalli County treasurer sues Bitterroot Star (MTN News file photo)
HAMILTON -

Two years after turning Ravalli County inside out with political turmoil, Richard and Valerie Stamey are suing the Bitterroot Star and want millions in  compensatory and punitive damages

But the suit is not for the county treasurer scandal, but for an old political newspaper ad. They are also demanding a jury trial.

Stamey dominated the headlines two years ago, when she became embroiled in a fight over the way she was doing the job of appointed Ravalli County Treasurer, eventually being removed from office.

But in the new federal lawsuit filed this past week, Stamey and her husband claim the Bitterroot Star broke campaign laws in a newspaper ad for Richard's 2010 run for the Montana Legislature.

The suit claims that newspaper ad was defective due to a printing error. It resulted in a "back and forth" between the Stameys and the paper over billing issues. 

They claim the Star then published an article accusing him of not disclosing that campaign expense and that broke campaign disclosure rules. The suit makes only passing mention to Valerie Stamey's fight with the county, which was covered in depth by the weekly newspaper.

Perhaps the most interesting point is the suit indicates Stamey is back living in South Carolina. The county has been looking for her in connection with a civil suit over the appointment, a suit which has never been settled. 

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