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May 27, 2016

 

Dear Fellow Montanans:

 

This is the third statement of Jonathan Motl, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, as to the effect of the May 17, 2016 Order of the United States District Court for the District of Montana ruling that Montana’s statutory limits on contributions to candidates are unconstitutional.  The limits struck down were enacted by initiative vote of Montanans in 1994. Please see the “previous Commissioner Letters”, below, to review the prior two statements.

 

The Commissioner through this statement and accompanying revised Policy reinstates inflation adjusted 1994 contribution limits for 2016 elections as applied to contributions from individuals and political committees, other than political parties.   

 

 

I.  2016 Contribution limits for Individuals

Office

Contribution Limit – Per Election Cycle

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

$1,990

Other Statewide offices

$990

District Court Judge, PSC, State Senate

$530

All other elected offices, including House

$330

 

Please see accompanying Policy for an explanation of the calculation of amount and authority for setting these contribution limits.

 

II.  2016 Contribution limits for Political Committees,

Other than Political Parties.

 

Office

Contribution Limit – Per Election Cycle

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

$10,610

Other Statewide offices

$2,650

PSC

$1,330

State Senate

$800

All other elected offices, including House and District Court Judges

$400

 

Please see accompanying Policy for an explanation of the calculation of amount and authority for setting these contribution limits.

 

III.  2016 Contribution Limits for Political Party Committees

 

On May 25, 2016 the Court issued its partial stay of its May 17, 2016  Order, thereby restoring existing limits for political party committees for the 2016 elections.   Those limits were and are (44.11.227 ARM):

  

Office

Contribution Limit – Per Election

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

$23,850

Other Statewide offices

$8,600

PSC

$3,450

State Senate

$1,400

All other Elected Offices

        $850

 

Accompanying this statement is a copy of the pertinent policy adopted by the Commissioner’s Office.  This Policy further addresses and explains the basis for reinstating or using the above limits. Contribution Policy

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Jonathan Motl

 

 

 


 

 

 

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