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Madison County Commissioner Dave Schulz says a technical error is to blame for filing a late campaign finance report and being cited for a violation by Montana’s commissioner of political practices.

“It was a technical error that was handled as quickly as we learned back from the commissioner of political practices months ago,” Schulz said Tuesday.

Schulz faces Dan Allhands in the District 1 Madison County commissioner’s race to be decided Nov. 8.

Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl ruled Sept. 22 that Schulz raised or spent more than $500 in this election cycle and was therefore required to file a campaign finance report June 27. But the report was not filed until 21 days later.

Jane Yecny of Sheridan filed a complaint with Motl’s office on Sept. 15 claiming that Schulz failed to properly report and disclose certain campaign contributions.

But in his decision, Motl said Schulz’s campaign finance reports were up to date when the complaint was filed.

“The commissioner further notes that Candidate Schultz’s corrective late filling stemmed solely from a reminder from the COPP’s staff,” Motl said in his opinion. “These will factor in the mitigation of the fine assessed in this manner.”

Motl was out of the office Tuesday and unavailable to comment, but he told The Madisonian the matter would be settled with a small fine.

“It was cleaned up and taken care of,” Schulz said.

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