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Montana Attorney General election, 2012

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The Montana attorney general election took place on November 6, 2012. The primary election took place on June 5, 2012. Election day polling hours were from 6 am until 6 pm.

Attorney General of Montana Steve Bullock (D) decided to vacate his seat in order to run for the Governor's office in 2012. His absence left Montana Department of Labor attorney Pam Bucy, and former Congressman Jesse Laslovich to face-off against one another for the chance to represent the Democratic party on the general election ballot in November.[1]

Two candidates filed for the Republican primary. The first was State Senator and former Montana Rep. Jim Shockley of Victor. The second, Helena lawyer Tim Fox, ran for the same office in the 2008 election; he won the 2008 Republican primary but ultimately lost - to outgoing attorney general Bullock - in the general election by a narrow margin.[2]

Bucy (D) and Fox (R) prevailed in their respective parties' primaries on June 5, 2012, and they faced-off in the general election in November[3]. With Fox's win, he became the first Republican elected to the position in Montana since Marc Racicot - who subsequently ascended to governorship - was elected attorney general back in 1988.[3]



Attorney General of Montana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pam Bucy 46.3% 218,228
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Fox 53.7% 252,916
Total Votes 471,144
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.


Montana Attorney General Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Fox 57.8% 70,239
Jim Shockley 42.2% 51,343
Total Votes 121,582
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

Montana Attorney General Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPam Bucy 50.5% 42,035
Jesse Laslovich 49.5% 41,148
Total Votes 83,183
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

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General Election Candidates

Primary Candidates

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary candidates

Bucy is a former deputy chief attorney general and current Administrative Council for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. She ran on her record of representing the state before the Supreme Court on cases dealing with issues like cybercrime and elder abuse. Bucy also appealing to women voters as an advocate of abortion rights and ensuring women's access to contraception and basic healthcare services under threat by legislative efforts like the mandatory ultrasound bill.[4]

Former State Senator and State House Rep Jesse Laslovich's campaign focused on his commitment to responsibly develop the state's natural resources to create job opportunities without harming the environment. He also pledged to use his legislative experience to ask for additional resources to address the growing need for more law enforcement officers in eastern Montana. Laslovich also said he wanted to create an embezzlement registry that would enable employers to check prospective hires for a history of illicit business practices.[5]

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary candidates

State Senator and former State Rep. Jim Shockley campaigned on his record fighting illegal immigration and the legalization of medical marijuana as a congressman, as well as his fierce opposition to Obamacare.

Helena lawyer Tim Fox was the 2008 Republican nominee for attorney general. In his second bid for the office, Fox's goals included blocking "federal intrusion into Montana state sovereignty," by defending gun rights and joining with other states in battles to strike down the federal healthcare reform law which mandates individuals’ purchase of health coverage.[6]

General election

Attorney General of Montana
Poll Tim Fox Pam BucyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Mason-Dixon Polling and Research
(September 17-19, 2012)
Public Policy Polling
(October 8-10, 2012)
Mason-Dixon Polling & Research (dead link)
(October 29-31, 2012)
AVERAGES 46.33% 38% 15.67% +/-3.87 662.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
1 Due dates for reports
2 Candidates

Due dates for reports

The Commissioner of Political Practices administers campaign finance law and maintains all records online.

For the primary election:

  • Pre-Primary report -- due by May 31, 2012
  • Post-Primary report -- due by June 25, 2012

For the general election:

  • Monthly reports -- due July 10, August 10, September 10, 2012
  • Pre-general #1 -- due by October 22, 2012
  • Pre-general report #2 -- due by November 1, 2012
  • Post-general report -- due by November 26, 2012


Pam Bucy

Pam Bucy Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-PrimaryMay 31, 2012$24,062.35$5,376.00$(11,593.75)$17,853.60
Post-PrimaryJune 25, 2012$17,583.60$11,688.25$(14,578.01)$14,693.84
July MonthlyJuly 10, 2012$$$()$
August MonthlyAugust 10, 2012$$$()$
Running totals

Jesse Laslovich

Jesse Laslovich Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary #1May 31, 2012$35,542.05$2,530.00$(22,810.03)$15,262.02
Post-PrimaryJune 25, 2012$15,262.02$2,390.00$(17,652.02)$0.00
Running totals

Tim Fox

Tim Fox Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-PrimaryMay 31, 2012$6,582.03$6,735.00$(10,240.19)$3,076.84
Post-PrimaryJune 25, 2012$3,076.84$7,795.00$(6,184.09)$4,687.75
July MonthlyJuly 10, 2012$$$()$
Running totals

Jim Shockley

Jim Shockley Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-primaryMay 31, 2012$2,764.07$7,340.00$(6,119.25)$3,984.82
Post-PrimaryJune 25, 2012$3,984.82$1,099.90$(4,027.13)$1,057.59
Running totals

Outside spending

A major spender in the campaign was the Republican State Leadership Committee Inc., which is based in Washington D.C.. The group purchased over $580,000 in television and radio ads in support of Tim Fox (R).[7]


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