Stapleton ordered to pay $4,000 fine for ethics violations

Posted at 6:25 PM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 00:13:16-05

HELENA – Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton has been ordered to pay the state $4,000 for ethics violations related to his campaign for governor.

In a letter dated February 11th, Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan said the violations stem from Stapleton’s January 2nd press release announcing his candidacy.

An employee from the Secretary of State’s office sent the release on Stapleton’s campaign from her state email account, and the document featured the Montana state seal.

The Montana Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Political Practices on January 9th, saying the announcement misused state resources.

Stapleton can ask for a review of the fine.

To read Mangan’s letter, click here.