Helena – The Montana Disclose Act – a law requiring dark money groups to disclose their donors and campaign expenditures – was upheld Tuesday by a federal appeals court. The ruling must have been a let down to wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale, who voted against that same bipartisan legislation before it became law in 2015.
Rosendale is a longtime proponent of dark money in politics, voting against the bipartisan TRACE Act (Transparency, Reporting and Accountability in Campaigns and Elections Act), which would have required anonymous dark money political groups to disclose their donors.
He is also endorsed by Citizens United – the group responsible for dark money in politics – and other special interest groups like the Club for Growth, which has spent more than $1 million boosting Rosendale; the Senate Conservatives Fund; and dark money groups backed by out-of-state billionaire Dick Uihlein that have poured in more than $1 million in ads for Rosendale.
The Montana Disclose Act has received praise from both sides of the aisle, with Rosendale’s fellow Republican Attorney General Tim Fox saying that the law was “Montana’s choice to shine a light on all who choose to participate in our electoral process,” and that “the people of Montana clearly want transparency in our elections” – everyone, that is, except Matt Rosendale.
Rosendale’s opposition to the Disclose Act shows his proclivity to oppose transparency and his disregard for Montanans, who have made it clear they don’t want outsiders and dark money groups trying to buy elections.
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