Cooney fined for campaign finance rule violations

HELENA — Former Democratic candidate for Montana governor Mike Cooney will pay a fine to the state’s top political cop after he was found to have violated the state’s campaign finance rules.

Cooney, who lost the November election to Republican Greg Gianforte, will pay $4,700 to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.

Commissioner Jeff Mangan found that Cooney failed to report campaign debt totaling more than $10,000 and was late in filing a campaign financial report that was due Oct. 20. He also was found to have accepted over-the-limit donations from the Democratic Governors Association.

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