A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT REVISING LAWS RELATED TO POLITICAL COMMITTEES; REVISING REQUIREMENTS FOR STATEMENTS OF ORGANIZATION AND ELECTION MATERIALS ATTRIBUTION; AMENDING SECTIONS 13-35-225, 13-37-201, AND 13-37-204, MCA; REPEALING SECTION 13-37-210, MCA; and PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE."
"13-35-225. Election materials not to be anonymous -- notice -- penalty. (1) All election communications, electioneering communications, and independent expenditures must clearly and conspicuously include the attribution "paid for by" followed by the name and address of the person who made or financed the expenditure for the communication. The attribution must contain:
(b) for election communications, electioneering communications, or independent expenditures financed by a political committee, the name of the committee, the name of the committee treasurer, deputy treasurer, secretary, vice chairperson, or chairperson, as designated pursuant to 13-37-201(2)(b)(3), and the address and phone number of the committee or the named committee officer, and must refer the public to the website of the commissioner of political practices for additional information on the committee; and
(c) for election communications, electioneering communications, or independent expenditures financed by a political committee that is a corporation or a union, the name of the corporation or union, its chief executive officer or equivalent, and the address and phone number of the principal place of business, and must refer the public to the website of the commissioner of political practices for additional information on the committee.
(2) Communications in a partisan election financed by a candidate or a political committee organized on the candidate's behalf must state the candidate's party affiliation or include the party symbol.
(3) If a document or other article of advertising is too small for the requirements of subsections (1) and (2) to be conveniently included, the candidate responsible for the material or the person financing the communication shall file a copy of the article with the commissioner of political practices, together with the required information or statement, at the time of its public distribution.
(4) If information required in subsections (1) and (2) is omitted or not printed or if the information required by subsection (3) is not filed with the commissioner, upon discovery of or notification about the omission, the candidate responsible for the material or the person financing the communication shall:
(6) (a) If the commissioner determines that the complaint has merit, the commissioner shall notify the complainant and the candidate or political committee of the commissioner's determination. The notice must state that the candidate or political committee shall bring the material into compliance as required under this section:
(b) When notifying the candidate or campaign committee under subsection (6)(a), the commissioner shall include a statement that if the candidate or political committee fails to bring the material into compliance as required under this section, the candidate or political committee is subject to a civil penalty pursuant to 13-37-128."
"13-37-201. Campaign treasurer. (1) Except as provided in 13-37-206, each candidate and each political committee shall appoint one campaign treasurer and certify the full name and complete address of the campaign treasurer pursuant to this section.
(b)(3) (a) Except as provided in subsection (2)(c) (4), a political committee shall file the certification, which must include an organizational statement and the name, and address, and phone numbers of all officers, if any, within 5 days after it makes an expenditure or authorizes another person to make an expenditure on its behalf, whichever occurs first.
(c)(4) A political committee that is seeking to place a ballot issue before the electors shall file the certification, including the information required in subsection (2)(b) (3), within 5 days after the issue becomes a ballot issue, as defined in 13-1-101(6)(b).
"13-37-204. Removal of campaign and deputy campaign treasurers. A candidate or political committee may remove the candidate's or committee's campaign or deputy campaign treasurer. The removal of any treasurer or deputy treasurer must immediately be reported to the officer with whom the name of the campaign treasurer was originally filed. In case of death, resignation, or removal of the candidate's or committee's campaign treasurer before compliance with any obligation of a campaign treasurer under this chapter, the candidate or political committee shall appoint a successor and certify the name, and address, and phone number of the successor as specified in 13-37-201."
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