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State Auditor Names Independent Investigator

By Beacon Staff

GREAT FALLS – State Auditor Monica Lindeen has asked Missoula attorney Elizabeth Kaleva to conduct an investigation into allegations that her deputy used the office for political fundraising.

The complaint came from an administrator who says she was fired after making the allegation as part of a complaint against Deputy Auditor Walt Schweitzer, the brother of Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

Lindeen has said she wants to make sure that staff followed state ethics policies and laws.

Former administrator Laura McGee told the Great Falls Tribune that she was fired after complaining that Walt Schweitzer verbally assaulted her and solicited campaign funds in the office.

Schweitzer has said he doesn’t recall requesting campaign funds in the state auditor’s office and has denied another allegation that he sought attendance at a fundraiser.

Lindeen’s office has said McGee voluntarily resigned.

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