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Regulatory panel chairman fined $3K for ethics violations

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The state's chief political watchdog says the chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission broke ethics laws when he used office resources to write a column that disparaged a candidate for the regulatory body in last year's election.
    
In a ruling released Friday, Commissioner of Political Practices Commissioner Jeff Mangan issued a fine of $3,000 against PSC Chairman Brad Johnson for violating the state's Code of Ethics.
    
Mangan says Johnson broke the law by penning the letter in his office using a government computer and his state email account.
    
Johnson also violated the ethics code by having his agency's legal counsel to review his op-ed piece targeting 2016 candidate Caron Cooper.
    
Johnson did not immediately return phone calls for comment.

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