HELENA —The Montana House of Representatives has endorsed SB 289 by a vote of 51-49.
SB 289 is commonly known as the "dark money" bill. It would require all political organizations engaged in election communications to fully disclose who is donating money to them and how they are spending their money within 60 days of the beginning of absentee balloting.
House Minority Chuck Hunter, D-Helena, used one of the Democratic Party's "silver bullets" to get SB 289 to the House floor. Under House rules, each political party has six such "bullets" available that, when used, allow the House to bring a bill out of committee and onto the House floor by a simple majority vote. Normally, pulling such a bill out of committee requires a three-fifths supermajority of 60 votes.