Commissioner Finds Violations by Candidates, Student Group

Rulings on Tuesday name two candidates and college Democrats at Montana State University

By Tristan Scott

HELENA — The commissioner of political practices has found campaign violations by two candidates and a student organization in the 2014 elections.

Commissioner Jonathan Motl’s rulings released Tuesday are against Republican Rep. Randy Pinocci of Sun River, Democratic Rep. Zach Brown of Bozeman and the College Democrats at Montana State University.

Motl found that Pinocci failed to report a contributor’s name, the costs he incurred for video and print campaign material and details about in-kind contributions.

Motl says Brown did not report all the information required about contributors and vendors, and didn’t open an account for his surplus campaign funds in a timely manner.

Motl also says the student group filed late as a political committee, didn’t report contributions and expenditures in a timely manner and didn’t properly attribute campaign materials.

Most campaign violations are settled by a negotiated fine.

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