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Political practices office to investigate Jayne complaints

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HELENA — The Commissioner of Political Practice’s office in Helena has accepted three complaints alleging Joey Jayne, who won the Lake County Justice of the Peace race, violated election practice laws. 

The complaints allege Jayne violated Montana Code Annotated 13-35-211 by appearing in the Lake County Election Office on Nov. 5 and passing out campaign/business cards to people registering to vote and waiting to vote in the Lake County Election Office on Nov. 5. 

The CPP office will now send letters to the complainants confirming that their complaints were accepted, according to Mary Baker, program supervisor at the CPP office. The complainants will then have 20 days to respond to the Commissioner of Political Practices. The office will investigate the complaint and issue a decision, but no timeline was available for this process. 

The CPP office monitors and enforces campaign practices and campaign finance disclosure, lobbying disclosure, business interest disclosure of statewide and state district candidates, elected state officials, and state department directors, ethical standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees, and investigates legitimate complaints that arise concerning any of the foregoing. 

The complaints will not interfere with Jayne’s ability to to take office Jan. 1 or with canvassing, which took place Monday. Jayne received 2,142 votes to second-place Rick Schoening’s 1,993 votes.

 

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