Fine upheld for ethics violations by Montana public services commissioner

Corruption news for Montana, from the Missoulian:

A state district judge in Billings today upheld a ruling that Public Service Commissioner Brad Molnar, R-Laurel, violated state ethics laws in 2008 and should pay nearly $20,700 in fines and costs.Judge Susan Watters said in her order that then-Commissioner of Political Practices Dennis Unsworth properly found in 2010 that Molnar (pictured, right) violated ethics laws by soliciting money from energy companies to fund a Billings conservation event in 2007 and by using state equipment for his 2008 re-election campaign.

She also upheld Unsworth's ruling that Molnar should be fined $5,750 and pay $14,945 for partial costs of the proceedings against him.

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