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(1) All of the rules in this chapter apply to a constituent services account established by an eligible elected official under Title 13, chapter 37, part 4, MCA, and 13-37-240, MCA, on or after May 14, 2007.

(2) The rules in this chapter do not apply to the constituent services stipend and reimbursement provided by the state of Montana to a legislator, starting July 1, 2017, pursuant to 5-2-204, MCA, which is administered by Legislative Services.

(3) Only the personal benefit and campaign contribution prohibitions in 13-37-240 and 13-37-402, MCA, and ARM 44.11.702, 44.11.703, and 44.11.706 apply to:

(a) a pre-existing account in which surplus campaign funds have been deposited;

(b) an account related to an elected official's office if the elected official has been elected to any public office other than the public offices listed in ARM 44.11.705 and surplus campaign funds have been deposited in the account; or

(c) the expenditure of surplus campaign funds by a candidate or an elected official.  

(4) The following provisions of Montana law may also apply to the use or expenditure of surplus campaign funds, constituent account funds, or other funds deposited in or expended from accounts related to an elected official's public office:

(a) the Montana Code of Ethics, 2-2-101, et seq., MCA, including the provisions governing the receipt of gifts of substantial value and the receipt of fees or compensation other than the official compensation provided by law;

(b) the provisions of Title 13, chapter 35, part 2, MCA, concerning the improper influence of voters before and after an election and the prohibition against corporate and union contributions to candidates;

(c) the provisions of Title 13, chapter 37, part 2, MCA; and

(d) the provisions of Title 5, chapter 7, MCA.

History: 13-37-114, MCA; IMP, 13-37-401, 13-37-402, MCA; NEW, 2008 MAR p. 2009, Eff. 9/12/08; TRANS and AMD, from 44.10.537, 2016 MAR p. 28, Eff. 1/9/16.

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