Montana

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Same Apple, New Barrel

Former Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) who lost his bid for re-election in 2006 thanks to suspicions around his taking campaign contributions from convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff has registered as a lobbyist himself, having just cleared the one year moratorium (new rules will make it a two-year ban) on lawmakers becoming lobbyists. He's now working, along with a former staff member, for a firm, Gage LLC, founded by another ex-staffer. DC's a small town.

Talking Big Money in Big Sky

Public Campaign Action Fund's David Donnelly was in Missoula, Montana yesterday to attend a forum sponsored by Forward Montana on political corruption and Clean Elections. He made an appearance on local news (see "forum on Clean Elections held at UM" under "Top Videos") and on Montana public radio (click here to download). Definitely listen to the radio piece; a substantive discussion of the issues at hand.

Upcoming Missoula Event

This article in The Missoula Indepedent discusses Montana's recent efforts on public financing of judicial races, the state's brush with the Jack Abramoff scandal in the form of former Senator Conrad Burns, and an upcoming event, sponsored by Forward Montana and featuring our David Donnelly, on political corruption and countering its influence.

Money Continues To Be Sent Back To Abramoff and Clients

Dozens of lawmakers are sending contributions back to Abramoff and his clients in hopes of removing any links between the two.

Two of the latest to give money back are from the Big Sky State: Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) returned $18,892 for using an Abramoff skybox and Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) sent back $150,000 in contributions just before Christmas.

Read more at www.boston.com.