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This data reflects only Decisions made on complaints filed in 2009- 2014.   Commissioners serving during 2009-2014 made additional Decisions on complaints filed in years prior to 2009.

Calendar Years
Lodged
Rejected
Accepted
(Filed)
Commissioner Decision Pending
Insufficiency Decision
Dismissed
Sufficiency Decision
 
Total
In Process
Settled
Court Action Filed
2009
6
1
5
0
5
0
0
0
0
2010[1]
68
21
47[2]
0
13
31[3]
0
6
25
2011
16
3
13[4]
0
9
2
0
2
0
2012
53
19
34
10
10
14
2
10
2
2013[5]
28
8
20
5
6
9
1
8
0
2014
as of
Nov. 6
86
13
73[6]
14
24[7]
16
9
7
0
TOTAL
257
65
192
29
67
72
12
33
27

Complaints are lodged and accepted if under COPP jurisdiction, then investigated and Decided.   A Decision that finds insufficient facts dismisses the complaint. A Decision finding sufficient facts is either settled by payment of a fine or taken to State District Court where a judge will determine the penalty.   Decisions and Settlement Agreements are accessible for public review on the COPP home page website.


[1] The 2010 through 2012 numbers are “best estimates” because the COPP did not have a system of identifying complaints by number making it necessary to determine numbers from secondary sources. In addition, 2010 complaints were rejected for technical reasons, causing complaints to be refiled by complainants.   The same complaint may have been “lodged” three times.
[2]Three of the complaints were later withdrawn.
[3] 22 of these Decisions were based on complaints opened and decided in 2013 and 2014.
[4] Two of the complaints were later withdrawn.
[5] Beginning in mid-2013 complaints were identified by assigning sequential numbers according to date filed.   These numbers are carried over into the Decision.
[6] Two of the complaints were merged into pending complaints filed in 2012.
[7] One Insufficiency Decision covered 18 complaints.
         

Prepared by the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices for Data Through November 6, 2014

  

         Docket of Formal Complaints

COMMISSIONER OF POLITICAL PRACTICES
STATUS OF OFFICIAL COMPLAINT DOCKET
Updated: December 19, 2014
INVESTIGATIONS IN PROGRESS OR PENDING; HEARINGS PENDING
 

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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 finace and practices laws.
Status: See Order Staying Proceedings on Home Page 
 
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.
 
4. 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
 
5. 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
   
Issue: On December 3, 2012 Bruce Tutvedt filed a compalint 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.
   
7. Royston v Malone COPP-2012-CFP-0050
Issue: On December 13, 2012 Sheila Royston filed a complaint against Marty Malone alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
  
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.
 
12. 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.
 
13. 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.     
 

14. 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.
         
16. Connell v Boulanger COPP-2014-CFP-0036
Issue: On September 10, 2014 Patrick Connell filed a complaint against Scott Boulanger alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
 
17. Magill v Reintsma COPP-2014-CFP-0037
Issue: On September 22, 2014 Arlen Magill filed a complaint against James Reintsma alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
    
18. Wemple v Connell COPP-2014-CFP-0041
Issue: On October 7, 2014 Jon Wemple filed a complaint against Patrick Connell alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws. 
 
19. McCulloch v Stanford & Dartmouth, COPP-2014-CFP-0046
Issue: On October 24, 2014 Linda McCulloch filed a complaint against Stanford University & Dartmouth University alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
  
20. O'Neill v Hansen and Fitch COPP-2014-CFP-0048
Issue: On October 27, 2014 Patrick O'Neill Filed a complaint against Jay Hansen and Jed Fitch alleging violations of Campaign finance and practices laws.
   
21. Gibson v Montana League of Rural Voters COPP-2014-CFP-0064
Issue: On December 8, 2014 Steve Gibson filed a complaint against the Montana League of Rural Voters alleging violations of Campaign finance and practices laws.