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Bullock to make political practices pick next week

By Associated Press
Published On: May 17 2013 01:25:09 PM MDT
Helena Capitol Summer
HELENA, Mont. -

Gov. Steve Bullock says the next political practices chief could still influence regulation of so-called "dark money" despite the failure of legislation dealing with the issue.
    
Bullock said Friday that he will name a new political practices commissioner next week. The position has suffered in recent years from partisan wrangling and high turnover.
    
The governor has interviewed five candidates that were suggested to him by the Legislature. He asked each about the increase in political contributions that avoid the sort of disclosure policed by the office.
    
Bullock said he is not restricted to that list of applicants, and could pick another candidate.
    
The National Institute on Money in State Politics recently ranked Montana as one of 26 states with a failing grade for disclosure requirements for outside interest groups.