Montana Political Activity Disclosure Initiative (2014)

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The Montana Political Activity Disclosure, Initiative 168 will not appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Montana as an initiated state statute. The measure would have required reporting of and disclosure by all persons and entities engaging in political activity.[1]

The measure was filed by Jim Peterson.[1]

Text of measure

The ballot question would have read as follows:[2]

I-168 increases reporting and disclosure requirements for any person, nonprofit corporation, for-profit corporation, union, political committee, association, unincorporated association, and other organization engaged in election targeted issue advocacy or voter mobilization within 60 days of an election, or engaged in express election advocacy at any time. I-168 defines or redefines targeted issue advocacy, voter mobilization, express election advocacy and incidental committee. These reporting and disclosure requirements will apply to contributions or expenditures of $500 or more, communications of more than 200 copies, or a mailing to 200 or more addresses. The requirements apply regardless of the tax status of the person or organization that expends the funds.

I-168 costs approximately $2,386 of state funds biennially for a temporary staff person to manage disclosure and reporting forms.
[ ] YES on Constitutional Initiative I-168.
[ ] NO on Constitutional Initiative I-168.[3]

Support

Stop Dark Money Montana led the campaign in support of the measure.[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Montana

The measure was approved for circulation on October 7, 2013.[1]

Supporters were required to collect 24,174 valid signatures and submit them by the petition drive deadline on June 20, 2014.

The initiative did not meet the signature threshold to make the ballot.[5]

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