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Commissioner of Political Practices Announces Receipt of Payment Satisfying Civil Penalty and Judgment in COPP v. Prouse

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April 23, 2018

The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices has received a payment of $70,211.99 from Mr. Wesley Prouse to satisfy the civil penalty and judgement entered against him in COPP v. Prouse, First Judicial District Court, Cause No. DDV-2014-250.  The District Court entered a Judgment against Mr. Prouse on January 20, 2016.  The Commissioner notes that according to the Judgement of the Court, Mr. Prouse is still prohibited from running for public office until such time that he corrects his 2010 campaign finance reports, to disclose $9,421 in campaign contributions and expenditures.

The receipt of the payment of the civil penalty imposed by the Court, resolves the issues as set for in Bonogofsky v. Prouse, COPP-2010-CFP-033.  Again, the COPP would like to thank Ms. Bonogofsky of Billings for bringing this matter to the attention of the COPP.  We would also like to thank Mr. Prouse for accepting responsibility and working with the COPP to achieve resolution of this matter.  Finally, we would like to thank Mr. Gene Jarussi for his service to the people of Montana as a Special Attorney General, through volunteering his time on a pro bono basis in this matter.

Deputy Commissioner Madsen Issues Order Dismissing Eaton v. G. Jarussi Complaint

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April 20, 2018


The Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices received the attached Order Dismissing Complaint in Eaton v. G. Jarussi, COPP-2017-CFP-010 from Deputy Commissioner Kirsten Madsen this morning.  The COPP would like to thank her for her service to the people of Montana as Deputy Commissioner since January of this year. The parties to the matter have been notified, and Commissioner Mangan determines that the decision will be circulated to the media today.


There remain two additional Campaign Finance Complaints on the COPP's docket for which the investigations are completed, and the Commissioner is in the process of drafting the decisions for vetting: Eaton v. Neighbors for Responsible Legislators, COPP-2017-CFP-011 and Eaton v. Karjala, COPP-2017-012.  It has been a busy couple of months at the COPP and we reaffirm our commitment to diligently working on resolving the many pending litigation, settlement, and complaint issues currently pending with our offices on behalf of the people of Montana.

Montana COPP Ballot Statement Sent to MT SOS

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The final day to register as a candidate for the 2018 election cycle was Monday, March 12, 2018, and Montana candidates had five days to file the necessary paperwork to the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices to be certified to appear on the ballot. The deadline for filing the required forms (form C-1A for County candidates; forms C-1 and D-1 for State District and Statewide candidates) was, March 19, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.  Additionally, the COPP is statutorily bound to notify the Montana Secretary of State by written statement of candidates who have not complied with the requirements to file certain required statements or reports 2 calendar days before the certification deadline provided in 13-10-208, MCA.   

On March 19, 2018 at 5:15 p.m., the COPP office issued the 2018 ballot statement to Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, meeting the statutory requirement.  Any candidate who missed the statement and report filing deadline by failing to file their required paperwork to the COPP by 5:00 p.m. March 19, 2018 may not appear on the ballot.

Free COPP Candidate Finance Reporting Workshops & Resources

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Montana Candidates – Help us help you eliminate common campaign finance reporting errors. The COPP has scheduled several FREE campaign finance reporting workshops:

Candidate workshops have been scheduled in Missoula & Kalispell, Bozeman & Butte, Billings, and Helena & Great Falls.  Hosted by the Montana Association of Realtors, the Montana COPP staff will lead the workshop from the primary site while it is video conferenced to the satellite site.  A limited number of video conference registrations are available for those who cannot make it to the physical locations (priority will be given to those in rural areas and a download is required).  Attendance to the physical locations is recommended and preferable.  Register here -

Free COPP Political Committee Finance Reporting Workshop & Resources

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Montana Political Committees – Help us help you eliminate common campaign finance reporting errors. The COPP has scheduled a FREE political committee finance reporting workshop on April 18th 3pm-5pm. A limited number of video conference registrations are available and will attempt to livestream on our facebook page /MontanaCOPP. Register here -

Helena (Main): April 18, Helena Association of REALTORS®, 2707 Colonial Dr, Helena