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Education and Resources

2018 Example Campaigns - These fictional campaigns will be updated throughout the 2018 election cycle to demonstrate proper reporting and attribution, so check back frequently!

- Candidate: J. Coffee for Commissioner
- Committee: Montanans for Better Coffee


- Montana Campaign Finance and Practices Laws (Blue Book)
- Accounting and Reporting Manual for Candidates (Green Book)
- Accounting and Reporting Manual for Political Committees (Pink Book)


- Attribution: 2018 information, Brochure (Web) (Print)
- Campaign Reporting 101 Brochure (Web) (Print)
- Candidate Forms Guide
-CERS resources

- CERS: Step-by-Step Instructions
- CERS Instructions for New Users
- CERS 101: Simple Guidance

- Committee Forms Guide
- DOA HR: Employee’s Guide to Standards of Conduct
- DOA HR: State Ethics Policy

- Ethics Booklet
- Fundraiser Reporting Guidance

- Post-Primary Guidance for Unsuccessful Candidates - Primary 2018

- Gift & Stipend Guidance for Candidates - 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

- AG's Opinion: Public Officer/Employee Use of Uniform/Job Title in Political Ads
- Candidate and Political Committee Websites
- Campaign Accounts and Banking Requirements
- Electioneering: The 100 Foot Rule
- Public Employee Political Activity in the Workplace
- Political Raffles

- Robo Calls 

- US Ninth Circuit Opinion French v. Jones - Judicial candidates seeking, using, or accepting political endorsements 

- Olsen/Eaton v Van Dyk CFD absentee ballot photos, June 2011

Links of Interest

- SOS's Office: Election and Voter Services
- SOS's Office: Notary Training
- Online Training: Montana's Code of Ethics
- Montana Legislature: Ethics Training Self Test

Candidate and Committee Training

- 2018 Schedule (Updated 2/1/18)


Attribution Information for Non-Attributed Materials

See Attribution: 2018 information above

Infographics and Visual Aids

- Independent Expenditures ( Printable PDF)

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  - Expenditure Detail ( Printable PDF)

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  - Social Media ( Printable PDF)

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  - Social Media Attribution (Printable PDF)

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  - Primary and General Accounts (Printable PDF)

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