The Montana Group
The Montana Group consults in government affairs, politics, and public relations. We offer an integrated approach to public affairs, with specialties in lobbying, campaign management, grassroots & grasstops engagement, and communications strategy.
The Montana Group features the largest and most experienced team of lobbyists in Montana, with over fifty years combined statehouse experience. Our expertise extends across multiple issue areas, including: technology, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, agriculture, and land use. In addition to government affairs, the firm provides services in public relations, campaign fundraising, campaign management and consulting, grassroots organization, association management, web development and social media, and data analysis and development.
CHUCK DENOWH's wide range of political and policy experience are one of the greatest assets of the Montana Group. He specializes in grassroots organization, public relations, fundraising, and non-profit management. Chuck served as the Chief Policy Advisor to the Republican caucus in the Montana House of Representatives before serving four years as the Executive Director of the Montana Republican Party. During his tenure at the Montana GOP, Chuck oversaw a modernization of party programs, grew the party from three employees to twenty and tripled fundraising.
Chuck joined the Montana Group in 2007. He has managed dozens advocacy campaigns for corporate and non-profit organizations, as well as working on some of biggest political campaigns in the state, including managing races for Attorney General, Governor, and a successful Constitutional Initiative. Chuck grew up in Sidney, Mont.; he has earned a BA in political science and an MPA, both from the University of Montana and an MS in Applied Economics from the University of North Dakota.
SHELBY DEMARS has been as integral part of the Montana Group since 2009. Her expertise centers on corporate and campaign communications, public relations, government affairs, and grassroots advocacy. Shelby, a Montana native, has served in numerous roles for advocacy efforts and has consulted for dozens of local and statewide political candidates in Montana. Most recently she managed the campaign to re-elect Attorney General Tim Fox. She also served as the Communications Director for the 2014 congressional campaign of our new Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke. Shelby attended Carroll College in Helena. Her education is in Political Science, Business Administration, and Economics.
DENNIS IVERSON Dennis’s background in business and government has developed his natural talent for communication, problem solving, and bringing diverse points of view to consensus. Dennis’s extensive lobbying experience covers the last fifteen legislative sessions. Dennis was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 1979. Over five terms he served on the Appropriations and Taxation Committees, chaired the House Natural Resources Committee, and was elected Speaker Pro Tempore by his colleagues.
Dennis served as an advisor to Governor Stan Stephens and was appointed by Stephens as Director of the Montana Department of Health and Environmental Sciences, a large, complex agency of diverse programs, controversial issues, and over 400 employees. Dennis serves on the board of directors of the Western Natural Gas Company and has served on the board of the Northern Montana Oil and Gas Association, as the President of the Montana Association of Realtors and as President of the University of Montana Alumni Association.