Campaign complaint filed against Missoula school board candidate Gehl

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Missoula County Public Schools District C candidate Michael Gehl has resolved a complaint filed with Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices for failing to include full attribution on campaign materials.

Initially, the report was filed regarding campaign door-hangers that did not include the full “paid for by” attribution message as required by Montana State Law. The COPP’s review additionally determined that Gehl lacked proper attribution on yard signs and his website, according to the complaint document Gehl shared with the Missoulian.

Nearly 500 door-hangers that lacked proper attribution of Gehl’s campaign address were placed during the week of April 11, according to the complaint. About 50 yard signs were also distributed without attribution. 

Gehl’s opponent, Rob Woelich, filed the complaint with the COPP on April 14. Gehl was able to remedy the materials within two business days. As a result he was “relieved of a campaign practice violation,” according to the COPP.

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“Candidate Gehl took responsibility for the deficiencies and initiated attribution remedies as requested,” the COPP review stated. Gehl considered the error “an oversight,” according to the document.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan said attribution is among

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