(I promise that I will return to other subjects soon.)
Elaine Sollie Herman’s campaign for Superintendent of Public Instruction did serve one useful purpose: it made clear that conducting a raffle over the Internet violates Montana law. The head of Montana’s Gambling Control Division, Gene Huntington, made it clear that the law does not allow even non-profits to conduct raffles on the Internet:
In the first story about Herman’s campaign raffle that ran June 18, Huntington had told the Associated Press that the law is clear that all Internet gambling, even raffles, is illegal.
The Montana Code is clear on this point:
“Internet gambling”, by whatever name known, includes but is not limited to the conduct of any legal or illegal gambling enterprise through the use of communications technology that allows a person using money, paper checks, electronic checks, electronic transfers of money, credit cards, debit cards, or any other instrumentality to transmit to a computer information to assist in the placing of a bet or wager and corresponding information related to the display of the game, game outcomes, or other similar information.
What does this have to do with the Montana Meth Project? It seems that they missed the news of Herman’s failed raffle or forgot to review Montana law, as they are conducting an online raffle, with $250 tickets, to benefit their organization.
It’s not too much to ask that the Montana Meth Project follow state law, especially if they keep asking for more money, is it?
Update: After a few conversations with the Gambling Control Division at the state, it turns out that this raffle is not allowed under the law, and that there are no exemptions for non-profits.