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Attorney Accuses Montana Political Practices of Extortion, Contempt of Court

In the past, Hill’s attorney, Matthew Monforton, has accused Motl of partisanship, but he has recently raised the stakes and says Motl was using extortion.

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Four Year Old Lawsuit Against Rick Hill Dismissed and Commissioner Motl “Spanked,” Attorney Claims

Montana Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Hill lost his bid to be governor back in 2012, but he was threatened of losing a lot more, right up until this morning, May 18, when Montana Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl dismissed a campaign finance lawsuit against Hill. Hill’s attorney Matthew Monforton says his client is relieved.

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Montana Political Practices Commissioner Restores Former Contribution Limits After Court Decision

Following the U.S. District Court decision on Tuesday that struck down Montana's 1994 campaign contribution limits as being unconstitutional, the Commissioner of Political Practices re-instituted the limits that were in place pre-1994.

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Political Practices Commissioner on Wittich Trial – Maintains His Office Is Fair To All

Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl said on Friday that the recently completed Art Wittich trial was the first time in 75 years that a candidate had been adjudicated as a campaign practice violator.

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MRL Train Yard Death Ruled Accidental – State Headlines

Missoula County Officials have ruled the death of Montana Rail Link employee Richard Schmitz, 57, was accidental. The NTSB is investigating.

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LISTEN – Wittich Attorney Discusses Guilty Verdict in Helena

A Helena jury found State Representative Art Wittich guilty of all charges late Friday night in a trial with far reaching implications for candidates in Montana elections. 

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Commissioner – Chairman Comment on Charges Against Former Candidate Rick Hill [YouTube]

On Wednesday, Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl said his office will be re-activating a complaint against 2012 Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill for accepting a $500,000 donation. 

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Political Practices Commissioner Cites Another, “More Serious” Violation in Missoula Primary Election

A little more than a week after the decision against the T.J. McDermott for Sheriff Campaign, Montana Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl has issued another big decision stemming from a Missoula Primary race.

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Political Practices Commissioner Responds to Accusations of “Expanded” In-Kind Contribution Laws

Today, October 15, Attorney Milt Datsopoulos accused Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl of expanding Montana’s political Practices laws to include things that had not previously been violations. Motl says that this accusation is partly true, but that there is precedent.

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Missoula Law Firm Responds to Political Practices Decision on McDermott Campaign [AUDIO]

During the recent campaign for Missoula County Sheriff, the law firm of Datsopoulos, MacDonald and Lind hosted a fundraising get together for Democrat Sheriff's candidate T.J. McDermott, that occurred on May 8.

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