Commissioner finds Miller donations illegal
HELENA — The commissioner of political practice says Republican candidate for governor Ken Miller has been funding his campaign with illegal donations.
The case stems from an unusual complaint that originated from within the campaign in April. Miller's former fundraiser said the candidate was not fully reporting campaign donations.
Miller is a favorite of social conservatives in a crowded GOP primary that also featured former congressman Rick Hill and former state Sen. Corey Stapleton of Billings.
Commissioner of Political Practices Jim Murry issued a decision this morning that finds sufficient evidence that Miller broke several campaign finance laws, including accepting donations larger than what is allowed, taking anonymous contributions and by and accepting a corporate contribution. The finding says Miller also failed to fully report donations.