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Special Counsel Eric Wang Discusses Montana Governor’s Office’s Influence in ‘Dark Money’ Bill
Eric Wang, special counsel in Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was quoted in an article published yesterday in The Montana Standard about how two staffers of Montana Governor Steve Bullock contributed editing, reviewed drafts, and nixed proposed changes to the rulemaking by the Commissioner of Political Practices to implement the Montana Disclose Act, a bill aimed at curbing political speech.
According to the article, only one staffer was a member of the governor’s 10-member public rule-making committee. A public records request revealed the involvement of the two staffers.
“Incidentally, to the extent that some of these regulatory definitions are so preposterously open-ended and impact the definitions of ‘coordination’ and political ‘contributions,’ one could argue with a straight face that the commissioner’s coordination with Governor Bullock on these regulations results in a campaign contribution (that is potentially excessive, prohibited, and/or not lawfully disclosed) from [Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan] Motl to Governor Bullock,” Mr. Wang said.