University of Denver

Controversial Radio Advertisement Attacks Montana Supreme Court Candidate

Former Manager, Quality Judges Initiative

A pro-business group known as the Montana Growth Network funded a radio ad attacking a supreme court candidate’s position on the death penalty. The candidate asked his opponent to denounce the ad, as the code of judicial conduct recommends when third parties make false statements about candidates, but she responded that she would need to do extensive research to determine the ad’s factuality. The November election for an open supreme court seat is largely overshadowed by high-profile senatorial and gubernatorial contests. The candidates have each spent approximately $50,000 to promote their campaigns, but polls show that most voters remain undecided.