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State Dems File Ethics Complaint Against Stapleton

They argue he campaigned from the Secretary of State's office.

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Madelaine Pisani
Jan. 11, 2019, 10:29 a.m.

“The Montana Democratic Party on Wednesday filed a complaint with the state Commissioner of Political Practices over the use of a state email address to announce Secretary of State Corey Stapleton's (R) bid for governor in 2020."

"An employee within the Secretary of State's office, using a state email address … sent a press release on state letterhead announcing the bid. … The complaint, filed by Democratic Party executive director Monica Lindeen, asks the commissioner to investigate the ethics complaint and issue his findings. A state law prohibits the use of state facilities and resources to support or oppose a political candidate. In her complaint, Lindeen also cited a Montana Supreme Court case about using a state email.” (Helena Independent Record)

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