The biggest non-candidate races on the Montana ballot are unlikely to be decided on Election Day.
The battle over taxing tobacco to pay for Medicaid expansion is too close to call, according to a Montana Television Network News and Montana State University poll on state ballot initiatives announced Wednesday.
A tobacco company spent $5 million in less than 20 days to defeat a Montana ballot initiative to raise the state's tobacco tax, countered by $2.7 million raised by initiative supporters in the final weeks before the election, according to new campaign finance reports.
The Montana Secretary of State's office has mailed out an addendum to the voter information pamphlet at a total cost of over $265,000.
The campaign for the statewide initiative to increase Montana's tobacco tax to pay for the state's share of Medicaid expansion coverage for lower income residents is already the most expensive in state history.
Industry-funded opponents of Montana citizen's initiatives to raise the state's tobacco tax and add new mining regulations are vastly outspending the measures' supporters to put their messages in front of voters about a month before Election Day, according to campaign finance reports.
Big Tobacco has thrown another $3.5 million toward an effort to defeat a ballot initiative that would raise the price of a pack of cigarettes …
With less than two months until the November election, the group opposing a ballot initiative that would increase the tax on tobacco products to pay for Medicaid expansion dramatically revved up its campaign contributions and spending.
Montana's campaign regulator says two tobacco companies opposing a ballot initiative registered late and failed to report a campaign expense.
HELENA — A group funded by the tobacco industry has launched a massive ad blitz against a ballot initiative to fund Montana's Medicaid expansion program and other health programs by raising the cigarette tax by $2 per pack and taxing vaping products for the first time.
A unanimous Montana Supreme Court has rejected a tobacco industry-funded group's request to rewrite the ballot statement of a citizen's initiative to raise the state's tobacco taxes.
An attorney for Montana says the changes that an anti-tax group wants to make to a ballot initiative to raise the state's tobacco tax are minor and unnecessary.
A tobacco industry-funded group wants to change the wording of a citizen's ballot initiative that would significantly raise Montana's tobacco taxes, a legal challenge that is part of the group's expensive effort to defeat the measure when it goes to voters in November.
Montana voters will decide in November whether to raise taxes on all tobacco products by $2 and use the money generated from that tax to continue Medicaid expansion in the state — an initiative the president of Planned Parenthood of Montana supported Wednesday.
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