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COMMISSIONER OF POLITICAL PRACTICES
STATUS OF OFFICIAL COMPLAINT DOCKET
Updated: August 27, 2015
 

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For a summary of 2009-2014 campaign practices Complaints Click Here 

     2015 Complaint Docket                                                                                                                                        

1. Botchek v Target Range School COPP-2015-CFP-001
Issue: On April 27, 2015 Gary Botchek filed a complaint against Target Range School alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws. 
 
Issue: On April 29, 2015 Timothy Adams filed a complaint against the Gallatin County Democratic Central Committee alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
3. Adams v Franke Wilmer et.al. COPP-2015-CFP-003
Issue: On April 29, 2015 Timothy Adams filed a complaint against Franke Wilmer et. al. alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
Issue: On April 30, 2015 William Deschamps on behalf of the Montana Republican Party filed a complaint against the Montana League of Rural Voters et. al. alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws. 
 
5. Adams v Brown COPP-2015-CFP-005
Issue: On May 18, 2015 Timothy Adams filed a complaint against Zach Brown alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
Issue: On May 18, 2015 Timothy Adams filed a complaint against the Montana Democratic Party alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
7. O'Hara v Pinocci COPP-2015-CFP-007
Issue: On June 8, 2015 Jesse O'Hara filed a complaint against Randy Pinocci alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
Issue: On June 10, 2015 Robyn Yancey filed a complaint against Save Helena's Neighborhood School alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
9. Yancey v All Kids Matter COPP-2015-CFP-009
Issue: On June 10, 2015 Robyn Yancey filed a complaint against All Helena Kids Matter (Vote No) alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
10. LaBreche v Gianforte COPP-2015-CFP-010
Issue: On August 26, 2015 Richard LaBreche filed a complaint against Greg Gianforte alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 

              2012 - 2014 Complaint Docket

Issue: On October 30, 2012 Ted Dick and the Montana Democratic Party filed a complaint against the Republican State Leadership Committee alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
    
Issue: On December 3, 2012 Bruce Tutvedt filed a complaint against Rollan Roberts II, ATP, Tax Payers for Liberty & the National Association for Gun Rights alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws. On April 21, 2014 Sandy welch filed two complaints involving the same.
     
Issue: On January 11, 2013 Brad Hamlett filed a complaint against Montana Growth Network, Inc. alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
Issue: On January 30, 2013 Dyrck Van Hyning filed a complaint against the Montana Growth Network alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
  
Issue: On February 15, 2013 Janna Taylor filed a complaint against Carmine Mowbray, Montana Business Advocates for Sensible Elections, Montana Hunters & Anglers & Jim Peterson Ranch B & H Ranch Co. alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
Issue: On February 22, 2013 Rollan Roberts II filed a complaint against Bruce Tutvedt & Montana Business Advocates for Sensible Elections (MT BASE) alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
7. Driscoll v Montana Growth Network COPP-2013-CFP-0011
Issue: On March 12, 2013 Robyn Driscoll filed a complaint against the Montana Growth Network alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
8. Pennington v Governor Bullock COPP-2013-CFP-0012
Issue: On March 13, 2013 James Pennington filed a complaint against Governor Steve Bullock alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.     
 

9. Bishop v Miller COPP-2012-CFP-0056, Notice of Reopening 

   
Issue: On May 22, 2014 Trap Free Montana Public Lands filed a complaint against MTA and NEWM alleging violations of campaign finance and practices and on August 7, 2014 Christopher Justice filed an additional complaint of the same nature against MTA and MEWM.
              
      
 
                                                                   Complaints Held in Abeyance

      There are four COPP complaints (see list below) on which work is suspended under that certain Abeyance Order self-imposed by the COPP on January 4, 2013 (Copy of Order below). The four complaints concern contributions made to, and accepted by, candidates in 2012 elections that were over the limit set by Montana's 2012 contribution limit laws. Montana's 2012 (and current) contribution limits were set by a 1994 vote of Montanans approving Initiative 118, with those limits adjusted since 1994 by an inflation factor.
      The over-the-limit 2012 contributions were made and accepted following an October of 2012 Order in a Montana Federal District Court case (Lair v. Murry) that declared Montana's limits to be unconstitutionally low. That District Court Order was promptly set aside upon appeal and Montanan's limits were restored. The Lair v. Murry matter is now poised for final resolution, with oral argument scheduled at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for February 5, 2015.
     Please be informed that the COPP January 4, 2013 Abeyance Order will terminate on January 15, 2016.  After January 15, 2016 the COPP will explore a statute of limitations extension or, if necessary, take placeholder legal action that will suspend the statue of limitations. Whatever action that is taken will defer to the eventual Federal Court Decision on the constitutionality of Montana's 2012 contribution limits.

 
1. O'Brien v Hill COPP-2012-CFP-0029
Issue: On October 17, 2012 Kevin O'Brien filed a complaint against Rick Hill for Governor alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
Status: See Order Staying Proceedings on Home Page
  
Issue: On October 29, 2012 Ted Dick and the Montana Democratic Party filed a complaint against Champ Edmunds alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
Status: See Order Staying Proceedings on Home Page 

3. Andrews v Edmunds COPP-2012-CFP-0039
Issue: On October 30, 2012 Dave Andrews filed a complaint against Champ Edmunds alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
Status: See Order Staying Proceedings on Home Page
 
4. Woodruff v Baldwin COPP-2012-CFP-0040
Issue: On November 5, 2012 Nancy Woodruff filed a complaint against Tim Baldwin alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
Status: See Order Staying Proceedings on Home Page
 
1. COPP Order Staying Complaint Proceedings
 
2.Judge Lovell's order on Contribution Limits