How to fix a political stink pot in Montana politics
Political corruption. It weakens democracy and demands our attention. Defined by Wikipedia as "the use of legislated powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain," political corruption "erodes the institutional capacity of government as procedures are disregarded, resources are siphoned off, and public offices are bought and sold."
State Sen. Jeff Essman
Disturbingly, the most recent example involves the Commissioner of Political Practices, the office charged with ensuring compliance with ethics, lobbying and campaign finance laws.
Specifically, the Commissioner of Politi...