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Commissioner expands 'dark money' investigation

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 13 2013 10:28:51 AM MST
Montana money
HELENA, Mont. -

The state commissioner of political practices says he is expanding his ongoing investigation into allegations of illegal coordination between candidates and independent groups.
    
Jonathan Motl said Wednesday that he is looking into complaints against four more legislative candidates in the 2010 election cycle.
    
Last month, Motl said he found evidence that so-called "dark money" groups illegally coordinated spending with one candidate without reporting the contribution. State law bans independent groups from coordinating their expenditures with candidates.
    
Wednesday's filing says there is reason to believe the groups offered similar coordinated assistance with other Republican legislative candidates.
    
Motl says more complaints could be coming for 2010 and 2012 races, and cautioned 2014 candidates to pay attention to the rules.