Campaign to support Montana university system faces complaint

The campaign to renew the levy contributing roughly $19 million a year to public higher education in Montana is facing allegations of campaign finance violations.

Voters first passed the levy that supports public colleges and universities in the state in 1948 and then renewed it every decade since. The levy will be on the 2018 ballot.

Timothy Adams, a Bozeman man and treasurer with Montanans Against Higher Taxes, filed the complaint in February with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices. Adams named as respondents Montanans for the 6Mill, or Montanans for Higher Education, and 6Mill treasurer Mike Frank, the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana.