Group that spent $5M on Montana marijuana legalization measures won’t have to reveal donors

HELENA — Montana’s top political cop now says a national group that spent millions supporting the successful voter initiative campaigns to legalize recreational marijuana will not have to reveal its donors.

Last week, Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan reversed his own decision from last year and ruled that the North Fund is an “incidental committee,” meaning it does not have to identify its contributors under Montana state law. The decision ends a monthslong effort to force the organization to provide more information about where the money it spent in Montana came from.