Schweitzer Files More Arguments in Ethics Case

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer is filing renewed arguments in his ongoing ethics case that is headed toward an August court hearing in Helena.

The governor disputes a finding, last year by the commissioner of political practices, that Schweitzer violated state law by distributing a public service announcement after filing for re-election.

The governor filed longer briefs Thursday that argue he did not use state funds when he recorded two radio announcements supporting Montana agriculture. Schweitzer also says the law banning use of state funds in public service announcements featuring officials up for re-election is unconstitutionally vague.

The Republican Party counters that Schweitzer himself signed the law, and should not have done so if he thought it was vague.

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