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2007 Montana legislature lobbying finances on the Web

April 10, 2007View for printing

Reports showing what's been spent to lobby the Montana Legislature have been added to information available on the Internet.

The information shows what's been spent for lobbyists, lobbying support staff, communication, entertainment and other expenses - information Montana law requires be reported. Lobbyists registered with the Commissioner of Political Practices are listed, as well as who they're working for. The information can be found at

Businesses, associations, government agencies and others who pay lobbyists to work on their behalf must register and report expenses. Lobbyists who earn more than $2300 per calendar year to lobby are required to register. The information is available on the Internet, and data files can be downloaded and searched on a home or business computer.

"We're working toward providing internet access to all the information reported for lobbying and political campaigning in Montana," according to Dennis Unsworth, Commissioner of Political Practices. "It's a more efficient way to do business and simplifies access to the information."

Unsworth said candidate and political committee filings are included in the next phase of the project that's scheduled to be completed before the start of the next regular campaign season in 2008.

The services are being cooperatively developed and are supported by the Commissioner of Political Practices, the Department of Administration's Information Technology Services Division, Fiserv Inc. (Nasdaq: FISV), Montana Interactive LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment provider NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV), and AssureIT LLP, of Clancy Montana. Startup funding was provided by the Montana Secretary of State from candidate filing fees.

For more information:

Dennis Unsworth

Mary Baker or

Kym Trujillo (406) 444-2942

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