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.