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COMMISSIONER OF POLITICAL PRACTICES
STATUS OF OFFICIAL COMPLAINT DOCKET
Updated: April 13, 2016
 

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     2016 Complaint Docket    

1. O'Hara v Cascade County Republican Central Committee COPP-2016-CFP-004
Issue: On March 28, 2016 Jesse O'Hara filed a complaint against the Cascade County Republican Central Committee alleging violations of campaign finance and practices.

2.Roberts v Montana Shooting Sports Association Political Committee COPP-2016-CFP-005
Issue: On March 28, 2016 Donald Roberts filed a complaint against the Montana Shooting Sports Association political committee, alleging violations of campaign finance and practices.

3. Cooper v Montana Conservation Voters COPP-2016-CFP-006
Issue: On April 1, 2016 Ruther Cooper Filed a complaint against the Montana Conservation Voters committee, alleging violations of campaign finance and practices.

4. Fitzpatrick v Kantorowicz COPP-2016-CFP-008
Issue: On April 11, 2016 Steve Fitzpatrick filed a complaint against JC Kantorowicz, alleging violations of campaign finance practices.

 

                                                                                                                                                 

                    
                                                                  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